This is a declaration of faith, even in the waiting, wishing, and hoping. In the pain, confusion, and chaos. Even now. Even here.
The following is a declaration of faith – the start to a prayer you can pray when things are difficult. I have learned that even in the waiting, wishing, and hoping, and even in the pain, confusion, and chaos, the Lord is with us.
Even now. Even here.
I will abide, even now. I will trust you, even now. I will believe, even now. Because you are working. You never grow weak or weary.
I will pray and seek you, even now. I know that you are leading me by your Holy Spirit, and shedding light onto my path. At every turn, you are with me. In everything, you are right beside me. When the heights are higher than I can climb, you sustain me.
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.
So even here, I will praise you. Even here, I will bless your name. I trust that you will teach me and show me your best way. I can face my fears, because you are with me.
There is nothing you do not know, and nothing escapes your eye.
I will bless the Lord who guides me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
What if this morning you felt the Lord inviting you to spend time with him? You wouldn’t have to go far – maybe just to your couch or kitchen table. But how would you respond if he whispered, be still, and know that I am God? How would that change your day if you knew that he was always ready to help in times of trouble?
This morning, bring your concerns and desires before the Lord in full confidence that he’s ready to help in times of trouble. Bring them to him, quieting your heart and acknowledging that he is God. Many troubles may press on you, but God is here! Lay them down before him in surrender.
He is our refuge and strength.
They went after other gods, worshipping the gods of the people around them. Judges 2:12
Trust in the Lord, friend. Bring your cares and concerns before him. He cares for you. He cares jealously, angrily about you! He is full of love, and promised the Israelites joy, provision, blessing after blessing! If only they trusted the Lord. Why couldn’t they see how much the Lord loved them?
He promises you the same. Don’t worship the gods of the people around you. The gods of acceptance, popularity, money, influence, power, and control. Worship the Lord. He will direct your steps and make your paths straight. He will bring the light in the darkness.
How do we resist the other gods of this world, and not be pulled in by their empty promises? By learning how to worship God. But how do we learn how to worship God? The Bible. It is the living, active word of God. Everything we need to know, the answers to every question, are within those pages. He gives us principles to live by. Promises to stand on. Wisdom to refer to, and testimonies to guide us.
The song below is a declaration of dependence on the Lord. My husband, Luke, wrote this out of a place of deep recognition of how lost we are without the Grace of God. If you are in a place where you are searching for the Lord, the Word is the only place where you can get a first hand account of his character, his majesty and his deep love for you. Everything else is secondhand.