You are the God of My Salvation…You are My Hiding Place

Psalm 25:1-7 ESV
Of David.

[1] To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
[2] O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
[3] Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

[4] Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
teach me your paths.
[5] Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.

[6] Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
[7] Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!

You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You

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T is for Taking a Break #AtoZChallenge

A to Z Letter TI mentioned on yesterday’s post that this has been a very stressful.  Very stressful.  I’m spiritually battered and emotionally spent at the moment, and my soul is bruised.  Rather than try and come up with something that would be coherent (that’s not happening today), I’ll share what is giving me comfort today, and perhaps tomorrow I’ll start catching up.

Psalm 73:21-26

21 When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was brutish and ignorant;
I was like a beast toward you.
23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength[a] of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[b] help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Isaiah 53:4-6

4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

Philippians 4:4-8

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Favorite Quote(s)

I am jumping into another blog challenge, mostly for the writing prompts, but also for the incentive to continue being disciplined about writing every day (or almost every day).  For those who have been reading, the Blogging A to Z challenge was one of the most fun months I have had as a blogger, not just because I was writing every day, but because I was meeting so many other bloggers.  So here we go again…

Day Three of the 31 Day Blog Challenge…Favorite Quote(s)

Psalm 73:26…My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.  –Mark Twain

Galatians 6:17…Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.  –Mark Twain

Acts 20:24…However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.  –Mark Twain (The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It)

Flowers are red, young man;
Green leaves are green.
There’s no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen.

And the little boy said…

There are so many colors in the rainbow,
So many colors in the morning sun,
So many colors in the flowers
And I see every one.

–Harry Chapin

Psalm 15 (NIV)

A psalm of David.

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?

2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;

3 whose tongue utters no slander,
   who does no wrong to a neighbor,
   and casts no slur on others;

4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the LORD;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;

5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.