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November 17, 2011 Journal Entry

I read “Finding Strength in Scripture” by Corine Gatti on http://www.beliefnet.com and she gave scriptures to help deal with anxiety, depression, and feeling out of control. She said, “Let the Word of God soothe your mind and let Him take the wheel today.” She shared Psalm 10:17, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:12, 2 Timothy 4:17, and Psalm 46:2.

From my reading of my Bible: Psalm 17:2 May my vindication come from You; may Your eyes see what is right.

Psalm 17:3 Though You probe my heart and examine me at night, though You test me, You will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin. — That is a very bold statement that David makes in this prayer. Here, I believe that David is talking about that his motives are all clear and his heart has an attitude that reverences God and that he has made a firm choice, a conscious decision and choice to keep his lips from saying anything untrue or harmful. Also, it is interesting that David says in the above verse, that God looks at our heart and examines our motives, our desires, our attitudes about everything, our plans, and our feelings – at night. I am thinking about how many nights I have just gone to bed and worried about all kinds of things, allowed myself to be filled with regret as I poured over the mistakes of my past, and wondered aimlessly what if this and what if that? How many times have I gone to bed and not had a thought at all for my God, my Savior, my Redeemer? Psalms 4:4 says: In your anger do not sin’ when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

I have tried to make bedtime, a time to reflect and to pray and to listen to the Lord, but all too many times I end up being too tired or allowing myself to be distracted. Also, when laying down for the evening to fall asleep, it seems natural that we go over our day in our mind, or we plan for the next day, or we daydream and scheme about something we want to happen or something we want to have.

Lord, please help me to remember that You are always with me. Abiding in You is not a once-in-a-while occasion. You are an ever-present God! May I always, especially as I lay down for sleep, examine my heart, mind, soul, and flesh and turn all of me toward You. And as I search my life and align myself with You, may I also, be silent and listen and hear from You.

Psalm 17:7 Show the wonder of Your great love, You who save by Your right hand those who take refuge in You from their foes. 8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.

Psalm 17:15 And I – in righteousness I will see Your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness.

Psalm 37:32 and 33 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives; but the Lord will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

Psalm 77:14 You are the God who performs miracles; You display Your power among the peoples.

Psalm 107 has several examples of how time after time God’s people turned away from Him and experienced trouble and sorrow – each time they went their own way, they found trouble, despair, hunger, thirst – and each time they finally cried out to God, He was there! He lifted them, saved them, fed them restored them, loved them! Every time, He was right there when they returned to Him and cried out to Him. He not only heard them, He helped them! Psalm 107:43 says, “Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord.”

Proverbs 17:3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.

Proverbs 17:9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.