Tuesday, August 28, 2012

When The Calmness Comes

This morning I had some extra time before leaving for work and so I picked up my Bible to read. Having a bit of a hard time getting my thoughts together I decided to look at the Psalms and just see what I could find. I would read a verse or two and decide that I wasn't in the right Psalm yet...what I was reading just wasn't really hitting me like I wanted it two. They all had been good but just not the right one. Then I hit on Psalm 86.

Psalm 86:1-7

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
    answer me, for I need your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
    Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
    You are my God.
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
    for I am calling on you constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord,
    for I give myself to you.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
    so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
    hear my urgent cry.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
    and you will answer me.
No pagan god is like you, O Lord.
    None can do what you do!
All the nations you made
    will come and bow before you, Lord;
    they will praise your holy name.
10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.
    You alone are God.
11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
    that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
    so that I may honor you.
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
    I will give glory to your name forever,
13 for your love for me is very great.
    You have rescued me from the depths of death.
14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;
    a violent gang is trying to kill me.
    You mean nothing to them.
15 But you, O Lord,
    are a God of compassion and mercy,
slow to get angry
    and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
16 Look down and have mercy on me.
    Give your strength to your servant;
    save me, the son of your servant.
17 Send me a sign of your favor.
    Then those who hate me will be put to shame,
    for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.

I just really like this Psalm and this morning...it "hit" me just the way I needed.
Tonight I sat down to read and found that I am still having a hard time concentrating on much of anything. Sometimes it's just hard to completely wrap your mind around what goes on in life. So I just sent up a short little prayer and asked that the Lord just help me to find the right thing to read. He did. something I noticed through all of this is that when I need "help" I tend to go to the Psalms.


Psalm 62:5-8

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
    for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
    He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
    Pour out your heart to him,
    for God is our refuge.

I'm finding that more and more this is what I must do. Pray and just wait quietly before Him. That's when the calmness finally comes.


Lon Anderson said...

I found these verses very comforting to read tonight, thank you!!!

God's blessings,

Ken said...

Hi Chelle,
It is amazing how the Psalms speak to our heart. I pray for the Lord to bless you,

BelovedBomber said...

There is such hope and peace in the Word. Many blessings!

Just Be Real said...

Wonderful comforting Scripture. Thank you Chelle for sharing. Blessings.

Jedidja said...

Is so beautiful!

Brenda said...

Hi Chelle,
aren't the psalms beautiful, I find them a real comfort in my own life too. They are personal prayers of our just as much as they were personal prayers of the original writers because we all have the same compassionate God. Praise His lovely name. In all situations, when we put our trust in Him we can 'be still and know that He is God'.

Child of God said...

Hi Chelle,
I too love the Psalms and turn to them when I am in need. They are so rich and comforting.

Lifting you up to our amazing God.

Blessings hon,