“Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor
and comfort me once more.
I will praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, my God;
I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
Holy One of Israel.
My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you—
I whom you have delivered.”
As I waited for my coffee to brew, I grabbed up my Bible while my kiddos played in their room and opened the pages to the book of Psalm. Even before I woke I was feeling anxious about the day, even though it is a normal day for us. These last couple of weeks my anxiety has been a bit iffy, but as I turned to find my favorite psalm I came across 71.
Now the psalms are nice little prayers that I usually like to meditate on in the mornings and evenings. The words in this one struck me while I worried about all the things I had to get done today, which actually isn’t that much, but when you have anxiety, everything is too much.
“You will restore my life again.”
“…comfort me once more.”
“I whom you have delivered.”
Jesus comforts and restores those who call upon His name. He delivers us from sin, death, the devil, and whatever ails us. And my lips did shout for joy and I sang praise as I remembered my baptism, as I put my trust in Christ, and as I thought of this verse from one of my favorite hymns.
By Grace I’m Saved.
6 By grace! On this I’ll rest when dying;
In Jesus’ promise I rejoice;
For though I know my heart’s condition,
I also know my Savior’s voice.
My heart is glad, all grief has flown
Since I am saved by grace alone.
#566 LSB by Christian Ludwig Scheidt
So, as my coffee stopped brewing I felt rather uplifted. “My heart is glad, all grief has flown.” I went about drinking my coffee joyfully knowing that Christ has carried my burdens and anxiety with Him to the cross where they died with Him. Hope you are all having a beautiful day and finding your own joy.
Blessings and love,