Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Offerings of Angst and Honor

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you wake up? What thoughts plague your reasoning and prevent sleep at night? What troubles your thinking process throughout the day? 

How you ever stopped to consider all the notions that run through your head? We all deal with problems at one time or another. The difficulties may be with ourselves or a family member. Hurdles might happen at work or we could be battling something beyond our control. How do we handle all the troubles that come our way? Do we brood unhappily or do we meditate quietly with purpose? 

Focusing on negative circumstances in life causes the human condition to appear dreadful. Everything has a tinge of gray around it and our vision becomes clouded with misery and sorrow. Slowly life spirals uncontrollably towards depression while hearts despair. We’re no good for anyone, not even ourselves. 

When we meditate with hope and praise the name of our Heavenly Father, we’re enabled to release our angst to God. He hears our prayer and fills us with strength. Even if our circumstances remain the same, our anxiety turns to joy. Our minds rest at night and we realize God’s in control throughout the day. Our aching hearts beat with the praise of a child who has just landed in the arms of a loving Father. 

Again I ask you—what concerns you? What things in your life frequently bother you? Be still right now and take a moment or two to be silent before God! Control your running thoughts and give Him your grieving heart. Know without a shadow of a doubt that He loves you. Focus on His truth, goodness and faithfulness. Allow your troubles to fade as you praise Him for who He is. Trust Him to take care of you and your situation. Experience deliverance from adversity and sing with gladness before a God that hears your cries. Give Jesus thanks for setting you free!

Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy. 
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.

Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    they have no regard for you. 
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
    slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Turn to me and have mercy on me;
    show your strength in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
    just as my mother did.
Give me a sign of your goodness,
    that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
    for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
Psalm 86 (NIV)

Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre, 
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord. Psalm 150 (NIV)

Offerings of Exaltation

Let the drumbeats of our praise send the devil away,
When the adoration of our Savior over us holds sway.
We sing with gladness as before Him we pray,
Christ Jesus, we glorify you!

We lift our voices high when joined together in praise,
As a community of believers our worship we raise,
Committing to stand firm for all of our days,
Christ Jesus, we magnify you!

Away with our troubles and all worldly cares,
Because we realize our worries are snares.
Instead we offer our faithful prayers,
Christ Jesus, we give thanks to you!

Deborah Crawford  2/9/14

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