“In the shelter of your presence you hide them … in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.” Psalm 31:20
Where is the arrow
shot from enemy’s bow?
Where are the accusations
that have been thrown?
They’ve been thwarted,
diverted from my path.
and of strength — sapped.
Keep me in your presence,
hidden in perfect love.
Safe from accusing tongues,
restored and ready to serve.
He shuts out accusing voices. He stills the echo of negative words and constant criticism. He quiets the soul. In His presence I am hidden, tucked under his sheltering wings — out of sight and out of mind from those who would bring down.
“…Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 (NIV)
My rest is in Jesus
My strength and my song,
No matter the workload—
The day short or long.
He settles my heart
Before the task,
Refills the tank—
If I but ask.
Alone with him
Is surely ideal,
A chance to recoup—
Restore and heal.
Time with Jesus
In a quiet place,
Prepares the heart—
For the hectic race.
… This is what the kingdom of heaven is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. … the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how … Mark 4:26-27 (NIV)
Come be a seed scatterer
A kingdom of heaven gatherer.
Sow seed into wide swaths of soil
For planting is the laborers toil.
Growth comes only by God’s hand
The sprouting seed not caused by man.
Who can know how a seed does grow
Where the wind of the Spirit might choose to blow?
When he comes may he find my sack
Empty of seeds upon my back.
Sown in soils where he has led
A harvest sprouting from entrusted seed heads.
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:8
He made James faithful and John devoted,
Timothy proved loyal and Peter emoted.
Martha got it done and Mary took it in,
David grew heart-broken, and Paul determined.
He created Moses a leader and Ruth a follower,
Joseph rose a dreamer and Esther an interceder.
Each one granted a purpose to fulfill,
These heroes, the faithful, who do his will.
Each of us has a purpose to fulfill. It’s that reason to get up in the morning. May we all find it, or die searching.
“He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water as abundant as the seas; he brought streams out of a rocky craig and made water flow down like rivers.” Psalm 78:14-16
When God’s people were living in the desert and needed water, He split the rocks open. He provided water as abundant as the seas and streams flowed like rivers down the rocky craig.
When it looks like you’re surrounded with nothing but rock, turn to him. He supplies living water from the most unlikely places.
Lord, split hard rocks open
where only you can go.
Break through barriers,
release silver streams,
let thirst-quenching waters flow.
Lord, split hard hearts open,
the inside—only you can know.
Cut through chains,
release the prisoner,
let your spirit then freely flow.
“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
Flood waters are going to come. Rivers will rush through uninvited and unpredicted fires will burn. It’s the way of life.
Rather than elements of nature, it could be tough life issues we face. As much as we’d like to avoid the unexpected, sometimes there’s no way around it. The only thing to do is walk through.
We have one who walks through trials with us. He might teach us to swim through rough waters. We may learn to cling to the lifesaver during the flood. The heat might get uncomfortably hot—yet we’re changed for the better.
When rivers gush fast
And floods wreak havoc
When fires claim what was mine.
There’s one who walks with me
He fights battles for me
Mighty warrior, strong at my side.
“But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior…” Jeremiah 20:11
“You will not have to fight this battle…Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” II Chronicles 20:17