Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
This verse has just as much meaning, as when it was told to the exiled Jews.
You have nothing to fear throughout all the tough times, as God is by the side of his chosen people
O Lord, You have looked through me and have known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I get up. You understand my thoughts from far away. 3 You look over my path and my lying down. You know all my ways very well. 4 Even before I speak a word, O Lord, You know it all. 5 You have closed me in from behind and in front. And You have laid Your hand upon me. 6 All You know is too great for me. It is too much for me to understand.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I run away from where You are? 8 If I go up to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in the place of the dead, You are there! 9 If I take the wings of the morning or live in the farthest part of the sea, 10 even there Your hand will lead me and Your right hand will hold me. 11 If I say, “For sure the darkness will cover me and the light around me will be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to You. And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to You.
13 For You made the parts inside me. You put me together inside my mother. 14 I will give thanks to You, for the greatness of the way I was made brings fear. Your works are great and my soul knows it very well. 15 My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret and put together with care in the deep part of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw me before I was put together. And all the days of my life were written in Your book before any of them came to be.
17 Your thoughts are of great worth to me, O God. How many there are! 18 If I could number them, there would be more than the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.
19 If only You would kill the sinful, O God, and the men of blood would go away from me! 20 For they speak against You in sin. Those who hate You use Your name in a wrong way. 21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord? And do I not hate those who rise up against You? 22 I hate them with the strongest hate. They have become men who hate me.
23 Look through me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my thoughts. 24 See if there is any sinful way in me and lead me in the way that lasts forever.
I love this whole Psalm because it not only confirms that you ARE special and purposefully made but also, that it is one of the greatest truths in life (that we come to learn at some point) – there is no escape from God.
Thank you Jesus for loving ME
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
We all have a path or a purpose in this world.
It’s having the courage to go into the unknown, as that shows our faith and love we have for God. Only then can you marvel as the plan unravels before you
For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind.
Our strength from the Holy Spirit enables us to be courageous in times of difficulties and danger but it also gives us the power and love from the spirit, that we would die for Christ – just like he did for us.
Do not forsake Jesus
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Even through the tough times – Job did not blame God for his hardship, nor did he turn his back on his faith in The Lord Jesus Christ.
Can you say that when things are going wrong, you do the same?
This is the reason we do not give up. Our human body is wearing out. But our spirits are getting stronger every day. The little troubles we suffer now for a short time are making us ready for the great things God is going to give us forever
Let Gods word of eternal life be your strength and comfort in times of sorrow and pain.