Thursday, June 23, 2011


When I get caught up in "Life", Earthly, Flesh-driven Life,  I forget to make the time to nurture my relationship with God.  I allow Life to rule me, instead of allowing His will to be done in and on my Life. 

The result: 
My other relationships suffer. 
My priorities are completely out of whack. 
My center is off balance. 
My soul is thirsty. 

But regardless of how far behind I fall in my daily Bible reading, or how long it's been since I had a heart-to-heart with God, He will make sure I know He is still here.  And He is the same.  Today, yesterday, forever. 

Psalm 143: 6-12

 6 I lift my hands to you in prayer.
      I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
 7 Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,
      for my depression deepens.
   Don’t turn away from me,
      or I will die.
 8 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
      for I am trusting you.
   Show me where to walk,
      for I give myself to you.
 9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
      I run to you to hide me.
 10 Teach me to do your will,
      for you are my God.
   May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
      on a firm footing.
 11 For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
      Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
 12 In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies
      and destroy all my foes,
      for I am your servant.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Psalm 31

1 O Lord, I have come to you for protection;
      don’t let me be disgraced.
      Save me, for you do what is right.
 2 Turn your ear to listen to me;
      rescue me quickly.
   Be my rock of protection,
      a fortress where I will be safe.
 3 You are my rock and my fortress.
      For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
 4 Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
      for I find protection in you alone.
 5 I entrust my spirit into your hand.
      Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.
 6 I hate those who worship worthless idols.
      I trust in the Lord.
 7 I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
      for you have seen my troubles,
      and you care about the anguish of my soul.
 8 You have not handed me over to my enemies
      but have set me in a safe place.
 9 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.
      Tears blur my eyes.
      My body and soul are withering away.
 10 I am dying from grief;
      my years are shortened by sadness.
   Sin has drained my strength;
      I am wasting away from within.
 11 I am scorned by all my enemies
      and despised by my neighbors—
      even my friends are afraid to come near me.
   When they see me on the street,
      they run the other way.
 12 I am ignored as if I were dead,
      as if I were a broken pot.
 13 I have heard the many rumors about me,
      and I am surrounded by terror.
   My enemies conspire against me,
      plotting to take my life.
 14 But I am trusting you, O Lord,
      saying, “You are my God!”
 15 My future is in your hands.
      Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
 16 Let your favor shine on your servant.
      In your unfailing love, rescue me.
 17 Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,
      for I call out to you for help.
   Let the wicked be disgraced;
      let them lie silent in the grave.
 18 Silence their lying lips—
      those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.
 19 How great is the goodness
      you have stored up for those who fear you.
   You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
      blessing them before the watching world.
 20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
      safe from those who conspire against them.
   You shelter them in your presence,
      far from accusing tongues.
 21 Praise the Lord,
      for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
      He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
 22 In panic I cried out,
      “I am cut off from the Lord!”
   But you heard my cry for mercy
      and answered my call for help.
 23 Love the Lord, all you godly ones!
      For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,
      but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
 24 So be strong and courageous,
      all you who put your hope in the Lord!

Psalm 31 New Living Translation (NLT)