“For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I
leaped over a wall.” Psalm 18:29 KJV
“It was a dark and stormy night …”
So began Snoopy’s every attempt at writing a novel.
But wouldn’t that be an opening statement in many of the stories of our lives? Who hasn’t personally had a ‘dark and stormy’ chapter in their life? Who hasn’t faced a crisis of gigantic proportions? And who in their right mind isn’t a bit afraid of the tension in our nation right now?
In the early 1970s I purchased my first Living Bible. It was my initial venture outside my comfortable and much memorized King James Version. I must admit, it intrigued me and drew me in. I am not sure which ‘dark and stormy night’ I was fearful of at the time, but I began to read the Psalms and make notes and underline sections that spoke to me.
I’m thinking, some of those passages might just encourage you today. Please note the bold lettering in each. (All Scripture from the Living Bible.)
“Lord, you know the hopes of humble people. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort their hearts by helping them.” Psalm 10:17
“I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me from his Temple in Jerusalem. Then I lay down and slept in peace and woke up safely, for the Lord was watching over me.” Psalm 3:4,5
“He who avenges murder has an open ear to those who cry to him for justice. He does not ignore the prayers of men in trouble when they call to him for help.” Psalm 9:12
“The Lord is my fort where I can enter and be safe; no one can follow me in and slay me … All I need to do is cry to him—oh, praise the Lord—and I am saved from all my enemies!” Psalm 18:3,4
“He reached down from heaven and took me and drew me out of my great trials. He rescued me from deep waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me—I who was helpless in their hands. On the day when I was weakest, they attacked. But the Lord held me steady. ” Psalm 18:16-18
Let me encourage you to continue this study … especially Psalm 18. Use any translation you like, but read it until you feel God’s arms around you and hear him say, “The storm will end soon.”
“He led me to a place of safety, for he delights in me.” Psalm 18:19