Take this Psalm today and pray through each section. I offer suggestions on how!
God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble— more than enough and always available whenever I need you.
In silence, ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of times when God brought you through something in the past. Remember it, praise Him for it.
So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea. 3 For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you.
Acknowledge the structures that are crumbling that stand out in your mind. Tell God about the storming winds you are experiencing and proclaim His greatness over it all. Pause in his presence God has a constantly flowing river whose sparkling streams bring joy and delight to his people. His river flows right through the city of God Most High, into his holy dwelling places. God is in the midst of his city, secure and never shaken.
Open yourself up to God’s joy and delight, the river of His presence right in the middle of where you are right now. Open your hands and heart and say, “I receive this joy You want to give me today.”
At daybreak his help will be seen with the appearing of the dawn. When the nations are in uproar with their tottering kingdoms, God simply raises his voice and the earth begins to disintegrate before him.
Be silent. Listen. What is God saying?
Here he comes! The Commander! The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side. The God of Jacob fights for us!
Thank the Lord of Angel Armies that He is on your side.
Pause in his presence Everyone look! Come and see the breathtaking wonders of our God. For he brings both ruin and revival. He’s the one who makes conflicts end throughout the earth, breaking and burning every weapon of war. Surrender your anxiety! Imagine your anxieties written on a white flag that you hold up to God.
Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth. Here he stands! The Commander! The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side! The God of Jacob fights for us!
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you are being tempted to handle something on your own and/or be tempted to strive instead of yield. Talk to God about this.
Pause in his presence
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