I discovered a new word…
“Earnestness and perseverance in presenting requests to God on behalf of oneself and others; seen in persistent pleading, faithful intercession and bold appeal.”
It’s interesting how I came to discover this word. That’s another story.
But today as I came before the Lord with all of my troubles, all of the things that have been on my mind, all of my concerns and questions, I realized that I have been in the fire this past week. I have had some arrows come my way. The last week has been different than just taking hold of the Lord’s hand to press forward and push through in order to be obedient to a challenge He has placed in my path –it feels more like a “standing firm in the midst of a fire” –and let me just say it has felt like a struggle to stand firm this past week. I don’t know why, I don’t know exactly what is going on, it doesn’t make any sense, but I have felt so under attack.
But this morning as I take all of my troubles and burdens and lay them before the Lord, I am reminded of four things…
“Stand firm. Stand firm. Stand firm.”
…”keep my focus on HIM”
Not very comforting is it?
Well, then the Lord took me to Psalm 63 and 64 this morning…
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.
But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
They shall fall by the sword;
They shall be a portion for jackals.
But the king shall rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him shall glory;
But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.