The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him. – (Psalm 28:7, NIV)
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trusted Him with all my heart. He helped me, so I am happy. I sing songs of praise to Him. – (Psalm 28:7, ERV)
The Eternal is the source of my strength and the shield that guards me. When I learn to rest and truly trust Him, He sends His help. This is why my heart is singing! I open my mouth to praise Him, and thankfulness rises as song. – (Psalm 28:7, VOICE)
God provides exactly what we need when we need it most. This morning, as I woke and let the dogs out, there was the sweet scent of morning rain and moisture covering the deck. To me, this means that the insane amount of pollen in the air will be washed away, and the parched ground will be quenched. Additionally, I had the opportunity to take an extended weekend with my Viking and my sub-requested position was filled. For the first time that I can remember in my 26-year career, I am taking a wellness day to enjoy, rather than to rush to appointments, or respond to a familial need. This is simply a day for my well-being, as an escape with my love is exactly what my heart has needed through this busy season. When we return, there will only be seven days of school remaining – one full five-day week, followed by a three-day weekend, and then a day and a half more with students. My heart is indeed singing, as it has been a long haul to navigate all of the new that this school year has provided. I am thankful for the lessons and opportunities to expand my repertoire as an educator, yet the close of the school year has come at just the right time. I know not what next year will hold, but I am eternally grateful for the season of rest that is coming. God is good, and He is faithful always. May we ever trust Him to be our strength and shield, and to be the reason we have praise and joy in our hearts.
My strength and my shield,
the Lord is so good;
His grace, my portion,
His love understood.
there rises up joy;
a heart full of praise,
gratitude, my choice.
Thank You, Lord Jesus,
for goodness and grace;
strength and safe harbor,
throughout all my days.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our strength and shield, our help and our hope, and our reason to give praise. Thank You that we can trust in You and know the goodness of Your love. Forgive us for not giving proper praise to You, as You are our source and supply of all that is good. Show us how to give You praise throughout all of our days, as You are our joy each new morning. Lead us to love those around us as You do, so that all may experience Your goodness and grace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You with grateful hearts for Your provision and Your peace as Your presence is made known. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. – 1 Chronicles 16:9