Song + Verse: 04.27.2020

Hey there! This is something I want to test out as a way to give you all more content while not sacrificing the time needed to properly articulate what I want to say in my longer posts. So, each week I’ll be alternating between a longer, article-like post and a post giving a worship song and a couple verses that have been particularly meaningful to me the past week or two. This is the first of that second kind of post!

I encourage you to take the time necessary for you to read, pray about, and sing these verses and songs no matter how familiar you may already be with them. Time spent in God’s word and praising Him is always valuable. Consider you opening this post a sign to slow down and spend some time with Him. Please feel free to share what songs and passages have been encouraging or challenging to you and let me know what you think of this sort of post schedule!

Psalm 23:1-6

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

    I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

    your rod and your staff,

    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

    in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

    my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

    all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

    forever.

Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

O God my Father

There is no shadow of turning with Thee

Thou changest not

Thy compassions they fail not

As Thou hast been

Thou forever will be

Great is Thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

Morning by morning new mercies I see

And all I have needed Thy hand hath provided

Great is Thy faithfulness

Lord unto me

Pardon for sin

And a peace that endureth

Thine own dear presence to cheer

And to guide

Strength for today

and bright hope for tomorrow

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside

Great is Thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

Lord every morning new mercies I see

And all I have needed Thy hands hath

provided

Great is Thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

Lord unto me

So faithful to me

In this time of uncertainty, these verses and this song have been so encouraging to me. They are all words I’ve heard countless times as I’ve grown up, but the past couple of weeks they’ve been seen in a whole new light. No matter what I think of these current trials, no matter what stresses I may have about it, God is good and He is my provider. He has been so faithful to teach me about Him and myself through this time of isolation and what life can look like when I seek Him first. He has not failed to provide everything I need and more throughout quarantine. I really can’t find a way to take credit for any of it.

I want to encourage you guys to take time today to meditate on these verses and hand over your worries to God. Seek His face before anything else. I know how difficult it can be, especially when it’s so hard to imagine what even next week will look like. It can feel like you’re not doing enough when you aren’t making preparations for every different scenario. It seems like it will be more stressful not to have plan after plan than it is to make them. If you haven’t been told yet, let me be the one to say it: putting your trust in God and letting tomorrow be anxious for itself will free you and allow this time spent alone or with family or under high-stress to produce sweet, sweet fruit in your relationship with God and with the people in your community.

Thank you all so much for taking time out of your day to read this post. I’m praying that the time you are spending in quarantine/isolation is time spent with God. For those of you who are not able to because of essential work, I pray that you are given peace from God and recognition for your efforts. You are so appreciated. Don’t forget to share the verses and songs that have been encouraging you and have a wonderful week!


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