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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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.