Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 42:11 (NIV)
Put your hope in God. Praise Him and claim Him as Savior. Those actions and proclamations will reinstate hope in the truth, and soothe your anxieties.
The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
If you meditate on the truth of this passage, it’ll make way for your worries and anxieties over things beyond your control to subside.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 (ESV)
We are so prone to fear, even the fear and insecurities that are manufactured in our minds. Let this be a constant prayer over our lives and each other, reminding us of the confidence we have in the Lord!
Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will know no fear. Even if they attack me, I remain confident.
Psalm 27:3 (New Living Translation)
There is reassurance in God’s protection, provision, grace and mercy. As you consider adversity, also consider how unwavering His promises are.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Be intentional to plant yourself next to living water. As life’s troubles come your way, be nourished like the tree depicted here; strong roots by the stream, fearing not when heat comes or anxious in drought, but continuing to bear fruit despite challenging circumstances.
They served their idols, which became a snare to them.
Consider the definition of the word idol.
Evaluate anything like this you intentionally or unintentionally serve, so as to not be caught in a snare.
1. an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.
2. an image of a deity other than God.
3. any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion: Madame Curie had been her childhood idol.
4. a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance, as a phantom.
5. a figment of the mind; fantasy.
But you, LORD, are a shield around me; my glory, you keep my head high.
Be reminded that the LORD is a shield around you. Not just protecting you from harm, but also a constant covering and provision for you. Allow the anxieties that come from fear of lack of provision and protection be calmed with this constant truth.
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”
Let us be inspired by the centurion’s faith, remembering that God’s Word is strong and true. If God says it, it will be so.
Happy Thanksgiving! The Daily Verse will resume on Monday, December 2, 2014.
If you’re looking for some insightful reading over the holiday, the EVANGELII GAUDIUM from Pope Francis which can be found “here.”
How long, LORD? Will you utterly forget me? How long will you hide your face from me?
If you’ve ever felt this way, know that you’re not alone. Others have, too. Be reminded, God is with you. God is for you. God will never leave or forsake you.