Monday, March 21, 2011

Looking for Some Encouragement Today

Okay, I had every plan to get up at 6 this morning to be in my Bible.  But when I don't sleep most of the night that is really difficult.  When I do sleep it tends to be between 4 and 7.  So, when my clock went off at 6, I just kept hitting the snooze.  I would pray until I fell back asleep, then hit the snooze again. Repeat.  You get the idea. I have to make sure my almost 12 year old is up by 7:15, so I got up and made sure she was up.

I opened up to the Psalms.  A place I go every morning for some encouragement, to get my praise on, to be reminded of who God is.  And I came across Psalm 5.   I've underlined what is underlined in my Bible and changed the color of what I have written in the margins.  Although I have put some of my friends into heart failure, I am big in writing in my Bible.

Psalm 5
    For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David.
 1 Listen to my words, LORD,
   consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help,
   my King and my God,
   for to you I pray.
 3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;
   in the morning I lay my requests before you
   and wait expectantly.
God is listening. To my spoken prayers. To the times when all I can do is sigh & wait.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
   with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand
   in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
 6 you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
   you, LORD, detest.
7 But I, by your great love,
   can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
   toward your holy temple.
Lead me, Lord. You are my only God! Help me to follow only you~even/especially when I am under attack!
 8 Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness
   because of my enemies—
   make your way straight before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
   their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;
   with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
   Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
   for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
   let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
   that those who love your name may rejoice in you. 
Protect me, Lord, from my enemies. From myself.
 12 Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous;
   you surround them with your favor as with a shield. 
A shield~ a full body protection, front and back

I am so grateful for a God who protects me like this. A parent who listens to me.

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