So many times God will give me a song as I’m praying for someone else. And then I end up needing the song just for me. Sometimes days later, sometimes months. It’s hard to write a song and not mean it. Even harder to not live it.
I’m not interested in being fake. It’s easy to be. We know the look, the words to say. We know how to act, how to smile. How to appear ok. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so easy to read. But I appreciate realness in others; honesty. So if I’m being honest, this week has been rough. Okay, the whole month has been rough. We’ve been going through several big changes for our family. But that’s life, right? Normally, I would have something to say about that. Only, today I have no words.
Today, encouragement will come from someone else. Someone who is a true encourager. She sent this to me and I hope it is as much of a blessing to you as it was to me. (Many have messaged me and been an encouragement to me. I love and am thankful for my friends!)
Psalm 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
The word cast does not just mean give but to throw hurl or fling. Not that you were throwing something in anger to God but out of a burdened heart crying out to him. Casting ALL your care upon him. Throwing it to him where you don’t have it anymore. Even though the difficulty still exists it is in his hands.
I found this about this verse…
And he shall sustain thee – He will make you sufficient for it. The word literally means “to measure;” then to hold or contain, as a vessel or measure; and then, to hold up or sustain “by” a sufficiency of strength or nourishment, as life is sustained. Here it means that God would give such a “measure” of strength and grace as would be adapted to the duty or the trial; or such as would be sufficient to bear us up under it.
He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved – literally, “He will not give moving forever to the righteous.” That is, he will not so appoint, arrange, or permit things to occur, that the righteous shall be “ultimately” and “permanently” removed from their steadfastness and their hope; he will not suffer them to fall away and perish. In all their trials and temptations he will sustain them, and will ultimately bring them off in triumph. The meaning here cannot be that the righteous shall never be “moved” in the sense that their circumstances will not be changed; or that none of their plans will fail; or that they will never be disappointed; or that their minds will never in any sense be discomposed; but that whatever trials may come upon them, they will be “ultimately” safe.
One thought burning through my mind is “I will bless his name. In good or bad. Come what may.”
He gives, he takes away.
He sends the sun, he makes it rain.
I wrote this song with someone else’s burden on my mind. And now it has come back to me.
I have a choice. We all have the choice. We can sit in pity and wonder why everything has to be so hard. Why we can’t deal with one problem before the next one hits. Why, why, why?
Or we can choose to just praise Him through it all. We can still have questions, we can still cry. But underneath the weight of the world we can realize that God can take it all. It may not get fixed, but he can take it. And we can bless his name for it.
Some days I don’t feel like doing that. Do you? Some days I’d just rather sit and nurse my pain. Roll around in it and complain that life isn’t fair. Throw my little tantrum because I don’t get my way. But my feelings don’t change the fact of the matter. He’s God. He’s good. So very good.
Come what may.
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