Hold Me Close

Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
    O God of my salvation! Even if my father and mother abandon me,
    the Lord will hold me close (Psalm 27:9-10, NLT).

Our world today can cause us to feel profoundly alone. I used to think about a Matthew West song when I would become overwhelmed. Give “Stop the World” a listen.

Right now, our world may not have come to a screeching halt but it is fairly close to it. Wouldn’t you say?

In this Psalm, we are able to sense the heart of this worshiper. Where do we turn when our souls are in agony?

I experience worsening mental health symptoms in the evening. As evening draws nearer, I am reminded of my heart’s two “A’s”: Anguish and Anxiety. Like this psalmist, I have to keep remember I am not alone. And when I surrender and open up to the Lord in prayer, I am able to rest and dwell in the safety of my Savior’s arms!

Oh friends, we need to remember the Lord will hold us close!

I don’t think any of us could have imagined what we would experience in 2020, and only four months into the new year. While trials remind us not everyone is in our corner, a global pandemic reminds us of this even more. They show us who deeply cares for us. And our God is forever in our corner, friends, but will we draw nearer to Him during this time?

We have this beautiful hope, my friends. Our Mighty God will never ever leave us. What is stopping us from surrendering everything and choosing to give our lives to our Risen Savior Jesus Christ?

This is a statement and question I want to shout from the rooftops. We have this amazing, beautiful hope found in our Savior and God’s Son Jesus Christ! Nothing in this world could ever compare or cancel the hope found in Christ. He can fill our hearts with much peace and joy, despite this pandemic or our trials.

I am reminded these days of my imperfections.
I am working on not letting it stop me
. . . in my ministry, quiet time, writing, family life, etc.

I am choosing to give more of myself to Christ with each new day.

The Scriptures:

For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
    He has not turned his back on them,
    but has listened to their cries for help (Ps. 22:24).

Because you are my helper,
    I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings (Ps. 63:7).

He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
    He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
    He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young (Isa. 40:11).