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Did you get a chance to see this week's Word-filled Wednesday for the Sandwich Generation? If not, just click here and you'll see a larger version of the desert photo along with the sorrowful, yet uplifting Bible verses from Psalm 42.
I was thinking of those verses again yesterday, while driving in the car. The radio was on, and in the midst of my thoughts about them, one of my favorite praise and worship hymn songs came on – I Lift My Eyes, by Bebo Norman. The words in the lyrics really caught at my heart:
God my God,
I cry out
your beloved needs you now
God be near, calm my fear
and take my doubt
your kindness is what pulls me up,
your love is all that draws me in
I'm not sure which Psalm that is based on, but it always reminds me of one of my favorites, Psalm 121. Later in the evening, I was feeling extremely overwhelmed and exhausted, and I remembered this song, which led me to open my Bible and read the encouraging Bible verses in that Psalm. What a blessing to me to just sit and soak in these words of blessing and comfort as I read them over and over. A sweet follow-up to Psalm 42.
I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you– the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Such AWESOME promises of God in the Bible!
I pray you were blessed by the words and the music, along with the Psalm itself. Isn't it like a fresh drink of cold ice water in the middle of the hot Sahara, for so many of us in the Sandwich Generation, juggling all the needs and issues that come with caring for our elderly parents while raising our children or babysitting our grandchildren? For more blessings…
and a new one for me – Brag on God Friday