In the course of some reading this week I came across a passage that has really stuck out to me.
”We know that worry and fear are more about us than about the things outside us. They reveal what is valuable to us, and what is valuable to us in turn reveals our kingdom allegiances. We also know that God is patient and compassionate with us, and He gives grace upon grace. Though alert to our divided allegiances, He persists in calling us away from fear and worry, persuades us of the beauty of the kingdom, and gives us more than we can imagine.”
These words REALLY speak to the serial-worriers like me. You know who you are! You are probably worrying right now if you are a worrier or not! HA.
How do we deal with worry? That is the question that God placed on my heart as I read this passage. We simply comes with the territory as human beings in a fallen world it seems. Between rising gas prices, the election, nuclear threats, employments issues, family drama, etc...we all have our fair share to consume our thoughts. Wouldn’t it be just fantastic if there was a quick fix? Bad news. Not that easy.
We learn as we journey along, that God does value strong foundations and often chooses gradual growth. This kind of foundation and growth is usually and overflow of time spend in the Word. If you are a worrier, you NEED to run to scripture. You NEED to run to some specific scripture in God’s Word.
Focus on Psalm 27 today.
"The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior. Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."
KNOW WHO YOU ARE
The beginning three verses in this psalm exude confidence. In my own life, I have found, that the moments where I incessantly worry are also the moments when my self image and self esteem seem to have been crushed. These first four verses should be memorized. Remind yourself of God’s promises and who you are in Christ. Romans 8:31.
Worriers like to complicate things. They like to over-think the details of life and issues at hand. Verses 4-7 give us the idea of focusing on “one thing”. Find that thing that is important, most important and simplify your thoughts on that idea. The thought of David was simple. His “one thing” was that he might hide himself and his life in Christ. What a powerful “one thing”. What worry in life can compete with that thought.
The remainder of this psalm is encompassed in David’s prayers. Prayer that he would truly participate and actively live the “one thing” he has set his eyes upon. David’s heart was driven in this prayer to “Seek His Face”.
When worry begins to overtake your thoughts, life and heart. RUN TO SCRIPTURE. I recommend beginning with Psalm 27