Today was a bad day. In fact, it was one of the worst.

And as a result, I needed a lot of prayer and encouragement. So, I called my Nanny and Papa. I was a little embarrassed because, after a few minutes, I felt a like a little kid who's just been hurt on the playground. You know what I mean. Usually, they run and bury their face in their mom's lap and cry. That's how I felt. After sharing some things with them and listening to their wisdom and prayer, Papa shared Psalm 34 with me. I've read it about 6 times since and it's been an encouragement to me.

Not sure where you're at tonight, but maybe it can speak to you too...

I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.

I will glory in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed are those who take refuge in him.

Fear the LORD, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,

keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.

Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their cry.

The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The righteous may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers them from them all;

he protects all their bones,
not one of them will be broken.

Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

The LORD redeems his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Editor's Note: By the way, the heading of this Psalm is: Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.


Courtney said...

Josh..I'm sorry you had a day like that today, but I'm glad that you were encouraged. I am praying for you. You are an incredible man and any church WILL be blessed to call you one of their own. Love you friend!

Rick said...

This line wasn't bolded, in between a couple of others: "Those who look to him are radiant; /
their faces are never covered with shame." I've been doing alot of internal wrestling with the concepts of guilt and shame, and this one spoke encouragingly to me.

So if it's any consolation, not that you needed any, your encouragement spreads into encouraging others - which I think is most of the times the point of any crud we walk through.

Julie Hibbard said...

I'm sorry Josh...I'll be praying for you. I would suggest that (in between job interviews) you use this time wisely!
and, most importantly,
Thinking of you