The Dark and Difficult Days

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I wasn’t sure I was going to write a post for today.  

Discouragement and challenges continue to face me on many fronts. 

As I am learning I need do, I went to Psalms.

I figured out that if I listen to five Psalms a day, and one chapter of proverbs, I can go through the books of Psalms and Proverbs in a month.

I’m great at falling behind in my plans.

I pretty much had to force myself open my Bible, and follow along as the verses were read to me from YouVersion.

I’ve been trying to underline what stands out - and date it.  Maybe add a small note or two.

I’m not going to pretend not to know what I was looking for.

I need help.

Help in getting through these days.

Psalm 57

2 I will cry out to the God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.  3a He will send help from heaven to rescue me.

I wondered what form this help would take.  Will there be a miraculous healing?  Will I be properly diagnosed and given meds that aren’t harmful to my body?  How will that call for help be answered.

Once again, God had the answer written out for me.

3b My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.  

It is challenging to realize that is the help I need.

I may or may not have my medical miracle, or answers land on my doorstep.

But I can count on God’s love and faithfulness each step of the way.

At one point in my life that would have sounded trite to me.

Now, I understand it.

You see, I don’t want to be going through all of this.  But, more than that, I don’t want to be going through this alone.

What a relief to see, in black and white, that I will not - and have not -  been alone.

I’ll always have His love to buoy me up.

I’ll always have His faithfulness to cling to.

As I continued to read/listen to the Psalm, I see what is required of me.

No matter what He allows, I can still praise Him, because of His promises.  

“Wake up, my heart!

Wake up, O lyre and harp!

I will wake the dawn with my song.

I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.

I will sing your praises among the nations.

For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.

Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Be exhalted, O God, above the highest heavens.  May your glory shine over all the earth.”

Thankfulness because of who He is.

Praise because He will not fail to be faithful in His love.

I pray that tomorrow morning, my heart wakes up, thanking God for who He is - even if what He is allowing in my life is harder than I thought it would be.

Father God, Help us to remember to praise You for who You are and for your never-ending love and faithfulness.  When we hit the dark days, the difficult days, maybe we still look for reasons to thank and praise you for being our Lord and Savior.  Amen and amen.


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