Welcome to the Winning Over Worry Bible reading week 4 summary! You made it to the last week of this challenge. Hooray! I’m covering what we read from last Friday through Friday the 31st.
Every verse of this passage soaks into my soul when I read it. I especially love verse 26:
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
and verse 28:
But for me it is good to be near God;
In the current language of my kids, “Same!”
When we praise him who is worthy, we realize the futility of worry.
Does anyone else get worried about confrontation or potential confrontation? This is one of the worst things I worry about. There have been many meetings when I’ve repeated this verse over and over to myself:
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
but the LORD was my support. v. 18
I can hardly express how close Psalm 18 is to my heart. Every word speaks life into my being. We worry about the path God has for us. The future seems difficult and we think, “How will we ever get through it?” But he reveals the path as we take each step. He provides the strength. He answers our prayers. As a child, I remember hearing the pastor talk about faith. It seemed like such an intangible concept, but he explained that when we get in the car to drive at night, the lights don’t shine all the way from the church to our homes. The light shines on the path as we travel and we see just a little bit more as we continue to move forward.
All the fretting in the world won’t get us from one place to another. His light will shine and make the path clear for us as we move forward in faith.
So when things are shaking all around you and the world is turned upside down, then remember our God is living and active. He will not move and does not change.
His paths. Not mine. Because mine are filled with worry and doubt. His paths overflow with peace and confidence.
Our minds are engrained with self-preservation at all cost and worry results. Yet the psalmist from our#WinOverWorry #biblereading challenge tells us the exact opposite is true. Worry is often related to waiting on God. Yet waiting on God’s almighty hand to work in his timing is actually the best life preservation method. He alone knows when we are ready for the next mile of the journey.#onemorestep
My oops!! on the schedule! I’ll correct the graphic at the first opportunity, but I realized last night that the schedule shows Psalm 19:17-23, which doesn’t exist! Yikes! Sorry about that.
But here’s what I gathered from today’s reading and I’d love to know your thoughts on this…
Verse 12 contains a line on which I meditated for a long time:
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Hidden faults? What does that mean? Hmmm. Could it possibly be referring to sins we commit that others don’t necessarily see? I mean, when I’m worrying, it’s not like there is a huge billboard over my head with bright lights and an arrow: “Worry lives HERE.” No, often no one but God and I know that I’m in a worry mode.
The psalmist connects this concept further, but I had to pay attention to see it. You see, much of the chapter is about our words and speech. He is declaring the importance of knowing God’s laws and keeping them. But in verse 14, he closes out the chapter by reminding us that while words and rules are important, it all begins in the heart and mind.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
And so it seems very fitting to close the study with this verse. May the meditations of our heart be the farthest thing from worry. May they rest on the Rock.
Today is actually the last day of the Winning Over Worry Bible reading challenge and so I wanted to include today’s reading in the conclusion. Tomorrow we begin the God Is Bigger topical Bible reading challenge for August.
What’s going on in your life that you need to remember God is bigger than? Let’s examine the power and glory of our God in the days ahead and focus on him instead!
Have a fabulous Friday!
For more from this challenge on how to win over worry, check out:
Win over Worry Bible Memory Verse Cards, printable or digital!