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truth instead of worry

By Michelle Darbonne
August 11, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

Nehemiah 1:1-3:14
1 Corinthians 7:1-24
Psalm 31:19-24
Proverbs 21:4

I’m a worrier (anyone else??), and if I’m not careful, my mind quickly spirals into the depths of worst-case-scenarios and pessimism. Over the past few weeks I’ve been reminded again and again how crucial it is to counteract my worry with truth. I love how chalk-full of good truth Psalm 31 is from today’s reading. Even though David wanes between anguish and faith in this chapter, many of his statements remind us of truth we can lean on:

God is my rock and fortress (vs. 3)
My God is faithful (vs. 5)
God sees my affliction and knows the anguish of my soul (vs. 7)
He puts my feet in a spacious [safe, life-giving] place (vs. 8)
My times are in God’s hands (vs. 15)
God’s love is unfailing and able to save (vs. 16)
He stores up good things for those who fear Him (vs. 19)
He hides me in His presence (vs. 20)
He keeps me safe (vs. 20)
He hears my cries for help (vs. 22)
He preserves those who are true to Him (vs. 23)

Day after day, our world continues to be one of chaos, uncertainty, fear, and discord. When we dwell on those things, it’s hard not to despair. But when I fill my mind with truth about God instead, I have hope and am strengthened to be able to face whatever happens.

To memorize:

I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place

— Psalm 31:7-8

Prayer to start with: God, You are faithful. You are our rock and fortress, and you’re in control of our lives. Nothing can separate us from Your love or stop Your purposes. We need Your help to remember these things because we so quickly forget and try to live in our own power and understanding. Help us to live moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day, remembering who You are. Thank you that we can trust and rely on You. Amen.