Psalm 13-16

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” (13:5)

Learning to trust the Lord should be easy, but instead it feels more like a scared, upward climb (like Much Afraid in Hinds Feet on High Places, right Mackenzie?). Why do I ever fight it? These last few years the LORD has been rooting out a lot of fears. I asked Him to show me what He means when He says “perfect love casts out fear” and He’s been more than happy and accommodating to do so. 

Our enemy can use practically anything to scare us and it doesn’t help that American society has become built on fear. Insurance companies own us all. 

This doesn’t leave a ton of room for “heart rejoicing”, but I SAY WE TAKE BACK OUR JOY! Trust the LORD! Ask Him to let His perfect love cast out your fear! One of my personal rules is to never make an important decision based on fear. We serve a loving Creator God. I have to remind myself of this all the time, so let’s all remind each other!

“You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge.” (14:6)

Again. I’m going to rejoice every time I come across verses about the LORD Himself being a refuge and advocate for the poor. It’s beautiful and hopeful and I love it.

Okay, I bonus-swiped chapter 16 from Carly because it’s maybe my favorite chapter in the Bible. It rings true through my who body. 

  • Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. He has kept me, defying opportunity after opportunity for me to die. I hide in Him and He hides me.
  • I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” He is the source of every good thing that’s ever happened to me. He thrills me with wonderful gifts and deep satisfaction. Nothing dear to me finds its origin anywhere else.
  • As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. My Montavilla family, my many summers of co-workers at Tadmor, my fellow YWAMers, friends from college, partners in ministry. If you’ve met me, you’ve heard me rave about these people. All my delight sounds exactly right. 
  • The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. He Himself is my prize. He gives me incredible opportunities. The more I surrender to Him the more I gain. 
  • The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. My boundaries are international! He hems me in an tucks me in everywhere I fall asleep. But my favorite gift of all was something I had no control over and that was being born into my Cetti family and being raised by my parents and Montavilla in SE Portland.
  • I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. He has always given me elaborate, sometimes prophetic, funny, advanturous dreams. He is with me in those too. Isn’t He also great at calming us down with a good night’s skeep?
  • I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Any time I’ve felt shaken, it’s always been a moment I took my eyes off Him. Then I remember this verse and grab His right hand.

Okay, I think you get the picture. I challenge you to put yourself into this Psalm. Go through it, prayerfully and consider how it can also be a song for you. Or pick another Psalm, but it helps to personalize them with your own life experiences. 

-Bethany 

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