“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:24)
When I read this passage in Psalms 31, I hear God saying to be brave and very strong. Don’t give up now; you’re almost finished. Remain steadfast and immobile in what I know is right and what is wrong. When my world closes in, I must go to God in honesty and prayer. Signs my world closes in around me:
- Stacks of bills
- Laundry awaits (and grows!)
- Meals to be made
- Family and friends to visit
- Letters and articles to write
- Meetings to attend
- Unreturned e-mail and voicemails
God is able to strengthen my heart and body. He can put a new song on my lips of praise to Him and His mighty works. He can rearrange my priorities so that my neglected list becomes completed:
- Consistent quiet time, including prayer
- Scripture meditation
- Writing notes and devotionals
- Study of God’s Word
- Singing praise songs to my Redeemer
“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3)
Glorify the Lord with me—join me in spreading the good news of the free gift of salvation. Yours for the accepting…John 3:16. Fact is, the closer I walk with my heavenly Father, the clearer I see His guidance. He cares about the tiniest details in my life, so I’m confident He can help me determine which bill to pay first and what words need to be penned so others can be blessed.
This is my desire…just a closer walk with Thee.
Just a Closer Walk with Thee.
I am weak but Thou art strong–Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long as I walk, dear LORD, close to Thee.
Just a closer walk with Thee–Grant it, Jesus, if you please; daily walking close to Thee–Let it be, dear LORD, let it be.
Thru this world of toil and snares, if I falter, LORD, who cares? Who with me my burden shares? None but Thee, dear LORD, none but Thee.
When my feeble life is o’er, time for me will be no more; on that bright eternal shore, I will walk, dear Lord, close to Thee
Teresa Kay Lasher ©2010
10/20/2010 9:48:25 AM