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Checking your Heart
God will always meet you where you’re at and He desires an open honesty, which is a skill that is so important in every relationship you will ever have. Talking about how you feel may be difficult but it’s nothing that God doesn’t know about you already, (Psalm 139) and He still loves you more than you can imagine.
Nothing you say will shock Him. So before starting your devotions today stop and think. Think about what you are feeling right now. Is your heart heavy because of a difficult situation? Are you anxious or angry? Tell him! Yes, He knows, but the physical act of writing or speaking those thoughts or feelings out loud and surrendering them to God will only grow your relationship with Him.
Ask Him to take control of them so you can fully focus your attention on Him, and what He wants to say to you. If you are not ready to let go yet, maybe you’re not in a place of being able to give God that complete control and trust him. That is okay, just ask Him to hold on to it for a little bit.
This is a way of removing things that are crowding your mind and distracting you and allows God alone to fill that space.
For Example: Dear God, I am having a really hard day. I don’t understand why, but I feel overwhelmed and I just feel like I suck. I can’t do anything right and I can’t believe I messed up again today. Please take these thoughts from me because I know they are not from you and replace them with your truth on how you feel about me.
Read Psalm 91
Prayer and Reflection
This chapter mentions God as a refuge and a fortress, those are powerful images and is not just a theme in this Psalm but throughout the entire Bible. In Proverbs 18:10 it says,
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous run to it and are safe”.
God is our protector against anything and everything that we fear. This chapter is about God being our peace but sometimes we feel peace when we feel like we are protected and secure, and when we have trust in what is protecting us the Psalmist compares God to “rampart” which is a large wall around a castle built specifically for defense.
If I were afraid and running from something that was life threatening and I were able to seek refuge in a strong tower I would feel taken care of. I trust that whatever is chasing me will stop at the wall and go no further. I have placed my trust in the fortress to protect me and keep me safe. This is what God is for us, He is worthy of our trust and by placing our trust in him we can rest. In Philippians 4:6-7 it says,
“Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation by prayer and petition present your requests to God. And the peace of God that transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus.”
God is not just one thing at a time He is many. He is our protector; our peace and He is worthy of our trust. We have an opportunity to experience that peace of God which is something to strive for. In verse 14-16 of Psalm 91 it lays out what is required. If you love Him and acknowledge His name. He will protect you, He will answer you, be with you and deliver you from trouble, honour and satisfy you, and show you his salvation. Small price for such a big reward!
1. Was there ever a situation where you needed God’s protection? How did it turn out?
2. Thank Him that He is with us and wants to protect us and bring us peace in the middle of difficult times we face!