Psalm 119:105 describes God’s word as a lamp to guide your steps. As you read your Bible this week, let God illuminate and direct your path.
In Psalm 30:11, King David praises God for turning his mourning into dancing. When’s the last time you felt such joy for the Lord?
Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” You can’t go wrong using his grace as seasoning in your life.
The Bible is a feast for the spirit; there’s no reason for us to become malnourished. “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8)
I dressed up as J.J. Watt (defensive end for the Houston Texans) for some costume fun at work on Friday. The boys were exchanging costume ideas for themselves, and one of them joked about padding his sleeves to look like muscles. Then, one of them piped in and said, “Mom’s arms are so buff, she doesn’t need to pad her sleeves. She’s so strong, she could lift a truck!” My first instinct – and I’m glad I bit my tongue – was to correct him and say that although I am pretty strong, my arms are pudgy, not muscular like J.J.’s. In that moment, though, it dawned on me that he saw me through a completely different lens from how I see myself: he really believed that I was so strong I could pick up a vehicle, if need be.
My son doesn’t see the tired, overweight, falling-apart body that I walk around in every day. He sees a strong and powerful woman. Wow, if I could just channel some of that confidence to myself! I’ve struggled with my appearance for a very long time. Even back in the day when I swam competitively and performed with the Colorguard, I was limber and muscular but never curvy or skinny like the popular girls, so I assumed I was too fat. Three babies, a couple of decades, and a bum knee later, and I only wish that I was as “fat” as I thought I was back then!
Psalm 45:11 is a verse that I have held onto for many years; it talks about how God sees beauty in us, and we are to honor him above all else. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own view of ourselves and forget that we have a loving heavenly Father who sees us through his own unique lens of grace. Do you ever dwell on your inabilities or rehash sins that have long since been forgiven? God has so much for us to see, if we’d redirect our attention to him and let him show us.
Remember that God has equipped us with so much more than what can be seen externally. In 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT), we learn that God has given us a spirit of “power, love, and self-discipline,” as opposed to timidity or fear. It doesn’t matter how the world sees you – or even how you see yourself. Through Christ, we have a brand-new identity (2 Corinthians 5:17). And if that isn’t enough convincing, Philippians 1:6 says that God will not leave the good work that he began in you unfinished! You are enough, and you are loved eternally.
Psalm 51:17 says that a humble heart is what God needs from us. A humble person with a willing heart can do wonders for the Lord!
In Psalm 6, David prays for mercy and deliverance from his foes. Even before the answer came, David turned his prayer into praise (v. 9).
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6, ESV) Spoiler alert: God’s team wins!
Spiritual warfare is real, & our enemy seeks to knock us down every chance he gets. Read Psalm 27 for encouragement when you feel attacked.
In a plea for God’s intervention, the author of Psalm 44:21 reminds us that God knows the secrets of our hearts. Lift your burdens to him.