Day 136 Psalm 3-4, Psalm 12-13, Psalm 28, Psalm 55

    I have a stack of business cards on which I had printed up my favorite bible verses.  I’ve carried these cards around during rough times.  These cards were first printed up when my husband went to war in 03.  I was home with a one-year-old and experienced for the first time really needing God  to just to get me through the day.  Military spouses can be refined by some very difficult circumstances and I am in awe of each and every one of them even though I was one too for 13 years.  When the year was over and my husband returned I turned my back on God.  I’m not saying I didn’t believe in Him anymore I’m just saying I didn’t think I needed Him anymore.. the tough days were gone right?  Well my husband’s short break home quickly turned into yet another deployment, and this time I was home with two babies… and once again God was THERE to see me through the year. . . and out came the bible verses.  I carried them in my pocket, propped them up beside my bed, I tucked them into my mirror in the bathroom, I gave them away to those in need.  later they came with me to Ug*nda during our adoption of our daughter… Oh they are out now as I grieve the end of my marriage.  I knew a lot of these verses were from Psalms, but found it curious today when I learned that a lot of them were written by David in the context of fleeing from his son Abselom. 

Here are a few:

 psalm 3:3-5

But you, LORD, are a shield around me,
   my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the LORD,
   and he answers me from his holy mountain.

   5 I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

Psalm 4:8

  In peace I will lie down and sleep,
   for you alone, LORD,
   make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 13:5

 5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
   my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the LORD’s praise,
   for he has been good to me.

Is it any coincidence that David writes these words while experiencing great pain, heartache and anguish in that I find relief from my tough times in reading these same words? No!  David knew that his ONLY chance of salvation in both life and in death is by the grace of God the blessed controller of all things.  Hard times drill this lesson into us.  I’m going to make it through this because God is going to see me through.  Those of you who say I’m strong, well the creator of the universe is the strong one.. guess who’s got my back.