Day 7 of 21 Day Lockdown Reading Challenge: - "I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears" - Psalm 34:4
I've said before that when I prepare my captions for these posts, I read the entire chapter for context. Today, I want you to stop everything you're doing and open to Psalm 34. You can even pull it up on your phone! There is just so much comfort in this chapter, that each time I try highlight the best nuggets, I find myself wanting to write out just about every word!
When we approached the country wide lockdown, my family and I had already been practising self isolation for 2 weeks, which means, it's been about 3 weeks since life last felt normal. In this time I've gone through a range of emotions which I'm sure you're familiar with, but on the eve of lockdown a great sense of peace filled me as I prayed for our country and our world, and I knew that if anything, I was going to use the next 21 days to seek Him everyday. Psalm 34 says that when we look for Him, He will rescue us from all our fears and we'll find joy, that the Lord hears our cries and saves us from our troubles. The Lord is good and those who seek him, will not lack anything that is good - are you stressing about what happens after all this passes? Don't. Our Father, has already taken care of it - He loves you and me! Further into the chapter, it says, "Turn away from evil and do what is good; SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT." How many of us are consumed by the news surrounding the coronavirus? While we can't live in ignorance, there's A LOT of noise, A LOT of fear mongering, and A LOT of fake news being spread with the hope of causing panic. This is the enemy's work and it's our job to find peace - through God. This doesn't mean we have to have a stiff upper lip, of course we are scared, but God hears our cries for help and rescues us. Man, oh man, this chapter - if it's only one thing you read today, let it be Psalm 34. - 34 minutes ago