“Lead me not into temptation,” it seems night is filled with them. Fatigue and fatigue, and did I say “fatigue,” have apparently let some evil friends in.
Fear and Doubt invade my space. My thoughts race, my mind is set anxiously on edge.
I need some “R and R.”
So I run to my place of refuge – where my feet can find security. Where needed hope is present, where the past is covered, and my feet stumble far less.
Your Word O God, is my rest. In You is merciful love and forgiveness:
“Keep me safe, my God, for in You I take refuge.” (1) Yes, LORD, to You I speak, seeking You in my prayer of the night.
“Answer me quickly, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, . . .”(2)
Bring faith to wipe out my fears. Make me to be still on familiar ground, with Psalm 23, and well known verses hid deep down.
Haven’t I been reminded recently to “Repent. Remember, and Repeat.”
That’s it! I don’t simply need some “R and R,” I need “R and R and R.”
I’m turning around. I’m thinking again, the thoughts that are “noble,” and of good report. (3)
How the power of the word can soothe my anxious thoughts. Read aloud, how sweet the sound: “The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want . . .” (4)
You’ve commanded me, now let me agree. Let me stop my doubting, this moment. God speaks:
“Do not fret . . . Nor be envious . . .Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” (5)
What has been my food, this whole anxious evening? I’ve been feeding on Lack, and lack, and that horrible taste of “Lack.”
“Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (6)
“Stop it!” I hear a gentle and firm voice say to me. Put off your fret and put on faith. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (7)
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (8)
I will turn around my thinking. Moment by moment, not just once and for all. I will remember to think on God’s Word my refuge.
Jesus loves me, and you, and everyone, actually. I don’t – but He does. I will feed and delight myself on His Good News and begin to see everyone as someone that He willingly went to the cross for. I will delight myself in words that are sound.
And as I wait, I will sing. “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.” (9)
“Repent. Remember. Repeat.”
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (10)
Repent and Remember. Wisdom for the day, and Repeat is the secret that a Rock may be for my feet.
(1) Psalm 16:1.
(2) Psalm 143:7
(3) Philippians 4:8
(4) Psalm 23:1
(5) Psalm 37:1,3
(6) Psalm 37:4
(7) Psalm 32:8
(8) Psalm 119:105
(9) Psalm 40:3
(10) Romans 8: 31-38.