Safety and Strength

But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your Name may rejoice in You. – (Psalm 5:11, NIV)

But let those who trust in You be happy forever. Protect and strengthen those who love Your Name. – (Psalm 5:11, ERV)

But let those who run to You for safety be glad they did; let them break out in joyful song. May You keep them safe – their love for You resounding in their hearts. – (Psalm 5:11, VOICE)

 

Having a refuge, a space of safety, grants us reason to rejoice and be glad. Just as there is nothing quite so sweet at the end of a long day as going home and relaxing in the comfort of one’s own space with the people who love them best, there is peace that comes when we run to our Redeemer to be our Comforter, Protector and Provider. He protects and strengthens those who seek Him, and His loving kindness grants reason to rejoice. May we ever take refuge in the Lord, for He is our strength and our salvation; and as we seek Him, we are filled with gladness by His love.

 

Mom is still working hard at her new outpatient therapies. Her favorite is when she has all three therapies (physical, occupational and speech), on the same day. When that trifecta of tough is on her day’s schedule, she tends to sleep really well at night. The most challenging therapy for mom is speech, as they have narrowed down the area most affected by the stroke, and are specifically focused on such. She is embracing the challenge, and we are all looking forward to gathering to celebrate Christmas together soon. It is a joy to pick up on the little things, as when I called yesterday morning, mom was walking around the house, opening window shades, and was able to pause and answer the phone. I was incredibly impressed, as that is a bit of a juggling act with a walker and one uncooperative arm. Yet another testament to her resilience and determination as she keeps working to regain her strength.

 

Seek safety in God, Our Help and Defense

For He is our strength;

A refuge in storms,

Who’ll go to great lengths.

For there is no place,

That God cannot go;

To bring peace and joy,

Make His great grace known.

Sing of His goodness,

With thanks, let us raise;

Joyful thanksgiving,

Throughout all our days.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our refuge and our strength. Thank You that You are our joy and reason to praise. Forgive us for not seeking You in the storms, or for not giving praise where praise is due. Teach us to run to You, always. Show us how to love those around us in ways that extend Your safety, peace, strength, and blessing. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for Your loving kindness that loves, protects and blesses us throughout all our days. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

Keep me safe, my God, for in You I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1

Welcomed to Worship

image by Ann Voskamp

image by Ann Voskamp

Come let us sing for joy;

unto the Lord, all praise.

Shout aloud to the Rock;

Salvation of our days.

Let us bring Him our thanks,

honor with joyful song.

He is our mighty God,

due worship all day long.

All that is formed is His.

He holds all in His hands;

the mountains and valleys,

waters, life; every man.

Let’s bow down in worship,

and kneel before our King;

for we are His people,

all praise to Him we bring.

When we do hear His voice,

let not our hearts grow cold;

learning from forefathers,

break the cycles of old.

Instead, may we rise up,

with hearts set right to hear;

as we listen, obey –

may many be drawn near.

 

(Responding to Psalm 95)

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You alone are worthy of all our worship and praise.  Thank You that You are our Source and Supply, and our very reason to sing.  Forgive us for turning a deaf ear to what You are speaking, or for not honoring You as You deserve with our worship.  Train our hearts to hear Your still small voice clearly, and raise up in our hearts, the ability to release praise that honors You.  Help us to learn from the mistakes of our ancestors, and lead us to live and love with total trust in You.  May Your light and love in us, shine brightly before others, so that they too, may come to know You as their Savior and King.  May we honor You with our worship today.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present