But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah. I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
Happy Friday! Similar to Wednesday, I have something a little special for this Devotional. I have asked my friend Naomi Kyla to join me for our devotional, and I hope you are blessed because of it.
It feels as if we aren’t getting away from the reality that we are living any time soon, and all of us have taken big steps forward—steps towards correcting what we are seeing and what’s going on. There is injustice going on between all spectrums. From police brutality to even looters and riots. In every aspect, we are finding out who stands where in all of this, and there is a lot of effort being pushed into a lot of different areas.
One thing I’ve always struggled with and something I’ve come to God to multiple times in the past is just to find rest and peace. It’s easy to see injustice and want to react. It’s not hard to pick up where we need to run, but when it comes to laying things down and surrendering to God, it really is a challenge sometimes, and so this fight – where ever we are facing it – it’s going to get tiring, and we are going to get tired.
I love this psalm because it says, “I lay down and slept, I woke up again for he sustained me.”
You see, God is the whole reason we do what we do when it comes to standing up for people. He hears our cries, He hears, and He sees. His heart breaks with us. We aren’t alone in this fight whatsoever.
The biggest thing I can always tell people and what helps me the most is to always find moments of rest. Those moments come when you find quiet time with God. It happens when you are powering down. When you aren’t focused on putting more information out there, just settle in and let God fix what he needs to fix within you, we all are going through a private process with God. We are all being challenged in separate ways.
More than anything, as important as it is to fight, and to not be silent and to correct and to enforce justice, it’s just as important to take time for yourself to rest and recharge. Fill the well that you are drawing from. Whether you know it or not, you are drawing from a well that continually needs to be replenished, and God offers that so willingly. than
Father God, thank you so much that you are continually blessing us and keeping us, Lord. Where ever we are, You know our hearts, You know what we are facing, and we know You are a God of love You are a God of unity, and Your heart breaks when there is injustice in the world just as ours are breaking right now. Lord, as we fight and we challenge, and we push your word and the bible, and we push what you have to say, I pray you to come to us individually and renew our hearts, renew our strength, and be with us in moments of rest. Replenish our souls, God. Lead us beside green pastures, Jesus. Be our friend, be our confidant, and help us through this time, Lord. We can’t make it through this without You, and we know You, in the end, will get the glory. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen!