17 okt. 2018

DON'T GIVE UP


I was so tired when I woke up very early in the morning. Tired of pain (frozen shoulder) and tired of a difficult conversation yesterday afternoon. My brain was filled with weird, uncomfortable thoughts. What to do? I decided to read my favorite psalm. I love the psalms. They often give me words and prayers when I can’t find the words myself.

Psalm 121

I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help. My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade on your right hand.The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.The LORD shall preserve you from all evil: he shall preserve your soul.The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even for ever more.

Because I could not sleep anymore, I researched the background of the text.
I also read some great quotes; sharing them here:

Barton Bouchier:

There is something very striking in the assurance that the Lord with not suffer the foot even of the most faint and wearied one to be moved. The everlasting mountains stand fast, and we feel as if, like Mount Zion, they could not be removed for ever; but the step of man -- how feeble in itself, how liable to stumble or trip even against a pebble in the way! It is one of his own sweet promises, that he will give his angels charge over His children. But, oh, how immeasurably beyond even the untiring wings of angels is the love promised here! That love which engages to protect from every danger, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings.Yet that foot is as firm and immoveable in God's protection as the hills themselves. His love which engages to protect from every danger, as a hen gatheres her chickens under her wings. 

  • In the hours of occupation and hurry, in the conflicts and perils of the day, in the helplessness of sleep, 
  • in the glare and heat of the noonday, 
  • amid the damps and dews of night,

That wakeful eye is still over every child for his good. Man, indeed, goes forth to his work and to his labour till the evening; but alike as he goes forth in the morning, and as he returns in the evening, the Lord still holds him up in all his goings forth and his comings in; no manner of evil shall befall him. 

And oh! what a sweet addition is it to the promise, He shall preserve thy soul. It is the very argument of the apostle, and the very inference he draws: 

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers. 1 Peter 3:12


Have you not known? have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

7 opmerkingen:

  1. Laat dat nu ook mijn favoriete psalm zijn, die zing ik heel vaak. En ik heb ook last van mijn schouder, al de hele zomer, ik blijf hopen dat het over zal gaan, heb jaren geleden ook een frozen shoulder gehad, dat blijft toch een gevoelige plek.
    Groetjes.

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  2. I love that passage from Isaiah 40. I am thinking about Pastor Andrew Brunson, who had no hope of ever getting out of the prison in Turkey, but God made a way where there was no way.

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  3. What an encouraging blog! What a wonderfully good God we serve!

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  4. That "Dont Give Up" article is very good, too!

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  5. Aritha: I love the Psalms. They guide me when I am discouraged. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  6. Beautiful psalm and verses, yes, lets not give up! Thank you always your encouragements and sharing your love of the LORD. Blessings and Shalom!!

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