I am full of anxious thoughts today. Worried about details that remain undone. About phone calls to be made; emails that have not yet been answered. Worried I will not have enough time for this, that and the other. Worried that my priorities are all flip-flopped.
Seeking to remove this grip of worry from my heart, and wanting to feel the muscles in my neck, shoulders, and face relax, I seek out the Psalms for comfort.
I crave to Praise my way out of Worry today.
Reading the Psalms of Praise bring me back to the heart of it all. Bring my focus back to the center – to Jesus Christ whom I serve. Praise enables me to realize I am not the center of the universe and my hands need to be stretching and reaching up to God, letting go of the tension, stress and worry.
For Him I will Praise today knowing and trusting that there is Power in His Name.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is you shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil; the will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121)
Praise the LORD: Praise the LORD, O my soul: I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD love the righteous.
The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 146)
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. (Psalm 148:1-6)