My mind can be consumed with a thousand worries.
I really hate it when I’m trying to pray and worries sneak in and take over the prayer. Before I know it, I’m worrying rather than warring.
I’d rather be a warrior than a worrier. And I want you to be a warrior rather than a worrier too. That’s why we need help. We need each other. We need warring sisters and brothers fighting the good fight with us. Thankfully, we aren’t alone.
I know what it’s like to be lonely. I’ve sat in a football stadium with hundreds of people and not have one person to talk to. And sometimes lonely can be loud in my silent house. This loneliness seems to feed worry if I don’t take those thoughts captive.
When worries threaten my peace, I have a decision to make. I can be miserable or grow.
And that’s when worship becomes vital in my life. It’s easy to worship when life is full and joy abounds, but it is paramount for me to worship when I’m working through lonely days. . . questioning days. . .worrying days.Worship is paramount during worrying days. Click To Tweet
Scripture helps me worship. It becomes my battle cry. So does my Christian radio station, but Scripture, especially the Psalms help me worship God in prayer.
I use Psalms to help me silence worry. I love these words:
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Can you imagine David camping out under the stars and journaling these words? What great love he had for God despite all the strife he’d experienced in his life. The worship penned by David in what is now Psalm 103 is beautiful. I love our translation, but the words David penned in his native tongue, Hebrew, have richer meaning.
“. . . who redeems your life from the pit (Sabat)and crowns (Atar) you with love (chesed) and compassion (Racham). . . “
- Sabat= trap, grave
- Atar= encircle (for protection)
- Chesed= kindnesss, mercy, acts of loving-kindness
- Racham= womb, place of tender mercy and compassion
Let’s rephrase incorporating the different meanings of these ancient words.
” . . . who redeems your life from the grave and encircles you with kindness and mercy for protection as in a womb, a place of tender compassion.” (Andy’s paraphrase).
Read it again.
” . . . who redeems your life from the grave and encircles you with kindness and mercy for protection as in a womb, a place of tender compassion.”
That’s our God. Our caring Father of mercy, kindness, and love.
It makes me want to pray! Grab my hand.
“Praise you Father God! We won’t waste away one day in the grave. We are redeemed. Thank you for encircling us with your kindness. We can’t earn your mercy and compassion. You simply give them to us just as a mother cares for her unborn child in her womb, a child she simply loves because the child is hers. In the name of Jesus, our Redeemer. Amen”
Bite of Bread Bible Reading Plan
This week the Bible reading is filled with verses to help us be warriors rather than worriers.
Sneak Peek into the Plan
Philippians 4: 6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Psalm 55:22: Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Psalm 37:25: I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken, or their children begging bread.
Psalm 20:7: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
1 Peter 5:6-8: Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Psalm 23:4: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
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It’s a new week. A new season. And time to transform from worriers to warriors. Don’t let the enemy steal your peace anymore! God is for you. Amen!
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