“But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts up my head.
I was crying to the LORD with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain.
I lay down and slept;
I awoke for the LORD sustains.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.
A New Year but last year still remains with us in many ways, like the litter of autumn leaves that linger in the garden, if autumn leaves were troubles and problems, it seems we never clear them away neatly for a pristine start for a New Year. Because of the mild weather not all of them have even fluttered down to earth yet. Life like a garden is always going to be, just a little untidy.
Life for an adopted child of God, is also always going to be a little untidy, a little messy: yet always hope-full, like tender plants we are always under the Heavenly Gardeners watchful eye.
Our Father in heaven knows the things that trouble us, and all that we fear.
We can like David say with confidence “You, O Lord are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.”
We can lie down and sleep and awake for He does indeed sustain us.
Ten thousand troubles, ten thousand problems, ten thousand enemies?
Look to God.
I have always had a tender, longing for the first glimpse of the Snowdrops, beneath all the debris of last year, in spite of heavy clods of earth pressing them down and under and even the tread of heavy feet, faith tells me, that they will break through and throwing off in triumph all winter’s vain efforts to keep them down, they will lift up their heads: God will sustain them as He will sustain all His own who are crying out to Him with a troubled heart.
Always when I have been crying out to the Lord, yes I cry, often. Not just with my voice, but with real tears that leave handkerchiefs wet and eyes redder than the holly berry, God has heard, and blessed me with the gift of sleep and then,
God speaks and His Word lifts up my head
Lord, teach us
Not to be afraid,
Not to despair.
But, teach us to call on You, to cast all our care on the One who cares for us.
Teach us to trust You and so we shall lie down and sleep, for Your knees are the pillows You made for your beloved and what shall disturb us while You are keeping watch. You have taught us not to worry about what tomorrow may bring, and that you know already what we need.
Those who wear the Armour You provide will surely overcome in Your Strength, Your Power in the Name of the Lord, who heaven and earth has made.
Scripture: Psalm 3. 3-8
Prayer: my own