Daily D – Psalm 94:19
Psalm 94:19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. (NIV)
When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up. (The Message)
The Unknown arrived and showed me what I do not know. This caused the uncomfortable sensation we label anxiety. Two things happened next. First came a reminder: Not everything is worth knowing. Then came an insight: What I need to know, I can learn.
This hotel’s internet says it is working. The signal indicates it is operating at full strength. However, none of those tools on this laptop requiring an internet connection were functioning until I switched connections to my iPhone.
I spent way too much time trying to figure out this issue. Glancing at the time, I realized how far behind I am on a day when I should be ahead of the curve instead. My heart began to beat a little faster and I took a moment to distract myself with something else for a few minutes.
Then I remembered the verse of the day in the YouVersion Bible App. It is the verse at the top of the page. It was among the first words I read this morning. I liked it then. I need it now.
The Message paraphrase speaks straight to my soul:
you calmed me down and cheered me up.
Consoled and joyful, calmed and cheered. This is good stuff!
I am back on schedule for my 9 AM brunch and the drive back to the kinder, gentler side of the Metroplex. I have an Audible book to finish followed by a nice selection of podcasts and miles and miles to think and pray. I will dictate notes for later. I will prepare for my meeting this afternoon. And I will get to go home at the end of the day to my wife, dogs, and more reliable internet.
Consoled and joyful. Calmed and cheered.
More coffee, please.
I will enjoy this day.
Our Father, thank you for consoling me and bringing me joy. Thank you for calming my heart and cheering my soul. Amen.
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Leviticus 19:32-34 “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord. “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
Luke 6:27-31 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”