I’ve been battling something fierce the past few weeks. Discouragement. Frustration. I’m short on time and low on patience with a long list of ought to-do’s waiting for me each day. Maybe it’s because I’m doing things my way and have taken on more than God has intended for me in this season. I am worn out trying to do and be all I think I must do and be as a wife, mom, teacher, and writer.
The controlling, orderly woman in me feels she can do it all. She has great expectations, but not realistic goals. She demands more of herself than what she is able to offer. So, she comes to the point of weariness and has to give her ideals and plans to the Lord. And rest in his caring arms.
Monday morning came and I got back to routine time with God first, instead of squeezing him into any open slot as the day permits. Not surprisingly, God met in the book of Psalms and gave me what I needed! I soaked in His truth and prayed his words over my discouraged, frustrated, and unsettled spirit. It so powerfully renewed my strength that I want to share the words with you.
If you are discouraged and frustrated with where you are and doubt God’s love for you, may these comforting words from the Psalms be a source of help and hope for you as it is for me.
O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth. All day long I put my hope in you. Lord, you are good and you do what is right. You show the proper path to those who go astray. Lead me to humbly do what is right. Teach me your ways.
Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose. I fear you. Give me success. Help me to be secure in you. May I experience your goodness. You are a friend to those who fear you, teaching them pleasant ways.
My eyes are on you, Lord, not on my desires. Keep me from the trap of wanting more for myself than what you want for me. Oh, that I would want to obey you more than wanting to gain things only for myself.
Turn to me Lord and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. Save me from my struggles. Feel my pain and see the battle I fight every day to do all I feel I must do. In you I take refuge. I put my hope in you.
I honor you, Lord, for your glory and strength. Your voice thunders with power and majesty. You rule over all. Give me strength for my daily struggles. Bless me with peace to accept where you have me in this season.
Your plans for me stand firm forever. Your intentions can never be shaken. Your calling and abilities for me are irrevocable. Let me not be anxious in waiting for your plans to unfold, in your appointed time.
Lord, you watch down from heaven and see the whole human race. From your throne you observe all who live on earth. You made all hearts so you understand everything we do.
You watch over those who obey you, those who rely on your unfailing love. I put my hope in you. You are my help and shield. In you my heart rejoices, for I trust in your holy name. Let your unfailing love surround me, Lord. For my hope is in you alone.
Your unfailing love is as vast as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness like the mighty mountains. I find shelter in the shadow of your wings. You are the fountain of life, the light by which I see. Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you!
Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered. How fleeting my life is, it is as a moment to you. At best, I am but a breath!
I am merely a moving shadow and all my busy rushing ends in nothing. I may heap wealth and success, not knowing who will enjoy it. So, I put my hope only in you.
Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest, a traveler passing through as others before me.
You, Lord are my shepherd. You give me everything I need. You give me rest and restore my soul. Lead me to the right paths for the honor of your name. Even though I walk through the valleys of discouragement, frustration, and doubt, I do not fear. For you comfort me, Lord, with your love. Surely, your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. And I will live with you forever. This is my hope! My joy! My strength!