A Prayer to God for Help

“Many, Lord, are asking, ‘Who will bring us prosperity?’
Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:6-8, NIV)

“At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep,
For you, God, have put my life back together.” (Psalm 4:8, MSG)

O LORD, when troubles gather round me
(and they never fail to come),
You are the One I turn to for help
for Your help is always the best available.

When waves whip up around my life,
which seems like a boat helplessly tossed at sea in a storm,
You are the One who speaks peace
and brings calm no matter the circumstances.

You are the source of all my joys
in the best and brightest times,
and You are the bringer of true comfort
in the dire and dark days.

I love knowing You and walking with You.
In every day and every year, keep me close
that I might walk on Your road all my life.

Live in Peace

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Have you ever felt worried, distressed, or anxious?

Yes, I know that might seem like a ridiculous question. In one way or another, we have all experienced worry, distress, or anxiety. These real experiences of our lives are the sort of things we encounter throughout the Scripture. In fact, the writer of Psalm 4 expresses thoughts we all likely relate to:

Answer me when I call to You, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. (Psalm 4:1)

Where do you turn to find peace in these times? Often, we turn to friends or family for support, or look to distractions like television or reading a book. In themselves, none of these things are bad. However, within Psalm 4, we are directed in another way. The psalmist instructs us in the way we should turn in our distress.

God’s Strong Presence
First of all, the psalmist shows us to whom we should turn. “Of course,” you might say, “you are going to say that I should turn to God.” Yes, that is true, but it is not enough of the truth in this case. The psalmist says Read More »

From Distress to Peace

I still remember the time when I encountered a mother who could not find her preschool-age daughter at a hotel. She was urgently trying to find her little one, but was distressed by the possibilities of an unfamiliar setting with unfamiliar people and lurking dangers. Thankfully, the mother returned to where she started only to find that her daughter was there. The young girl had ventured down the hallway when the mother wasn’t looking and walked back to the room just after the mother left on her frantic search.

Do you ever feel distressed? The writer of Psalm 4 felt that way:

Answer me when I call to You, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. (Psalm 4:1)

Where do you turn in your distress? Read More »