What is the Comfort for fear, the Balm for pain, the Light for hope, the Way to forgiveness, the Sum of love? You are, LORD.
14 But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.
17 Let me not be put to shame, Lord,
for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
and be silent in the realm of the dead.
— Psalm 31:14-17
What have You been teaching me this year?
That the LORD submitted Himself to the Father, trusting and waiting for His provision when it was in His power to satisfy His desires Himself. (Luke 4)
That Your Word is true: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
(1 Corinthians 10:13)
Like Jacob learned at Peniel (Genesis 32), that Your blessings are not to be won by deception or taken by my strength, but from You, through earnest and humble petitions.
That life is shorter than we think… Our lives are but summer’s grass and autumn’s mist –Here and gone. So for a greater desire to live for You and before You… For fewer days of ruminating over choices and living with debilitating doubt. And like Jacob at Peniel (Genesis 32), to confess the false images and names I have clung to, and to treasure the name You have given me. Yours.
And as I wrote, these were the songs that You chose:
“And if I give up too soon
And take my eyes off of You
I know that love will endure
And lead me right back to You
I will trust in Your presence
You won’t let me drown in my sea of doubt
When I stopped believing, You came running
I found my hope while I was sinking
You are my refuge, You are my freedom”
“‘Cause You’re more than enough Surround me with Your love
You bring courage to the coward So of course, I’ll sing it louder
You’re more than enough for me
If it takes a fire to sing Your praise, then let it burn
If it takes a storm to know Your strength, then let me learn
If it takes a flood to build my faith, then let it rain
God, do everything it takes to lift Your name”