Psalm 84:8-12 (NRSV)
A doorkeeper in God's house
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed.
For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than live in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
happy is everyone who trusts in you.
I am very reassured by the words, "No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you."
I don't know about you, but my life is stressful right now! Between the responsibilities of home, work, and community, sometimes I can't remember if I'm coming or going.
Sometimes, if I'm not careful, I start trying to handle my stress on my own. I start trying to negotiate my stressful circumstances by my own power. When this happens, failure is imminent, because it is GOD, and GOD ALONE, who is the giver of good things.
Today, I am determined to remember that better is one day in God's courts, than a thousand elsewhere!
As I put my complete trust in God, I can rest in the blessed assurance that God has a good plan for my life, not to harm me, but to give me a future and a hope.
GOD'S GOT THIS, FRIENDS! Be at peace...
Let us pray: Oh God! I am so grateful that you gave Jesus to live, die, and rise again to make atonement for my sin and gift me with eternal life. In this action, you proved that you are more than powerful enough to save me from any situation. Please help me to turn my worries, fears, and anxieties over to you, trusting that you will withhold no good thing from me. I pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen.