I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely.
The last week has been a tough time physically and spiritually for me. For some years I have been prone to debilitating back problems and this last week has brought my worst bout of pain ever. I am grateful for the prayers and words of encouragement of many friends during this. The care and support of my family has kept me sane and active through the emotional and practical demands of my injury.
My reading has been reduced to my minimal devotional reading of the Word and two or three blogs. Writing has almost ground to a halt apart from a couple of good days, praise the Lord! The beauty in this is that I have more time to meditate on small chunks of scripture, and on worship songs.
Yesterday was Psalm 16 in David’s devotional 365 Psalms which always blesses and challenges me, often I read more than the required amount and find gems along the way. This is what lead me to share the scripture presented above. It spoke directly to my situation, reminding me of His presence. I have had many sleepless nights recently where I have scriptures and prayers mingling together drawing me closer to His presence. Paracetomol and morphine are good painkillers but His presence at your side is the best reassurance for the soul. I said earlier I enjoy worshipping God through songs/hymns, doing this when even when in pain releases the spirit to soar in heavenly realms.
Dear reader, “my heart is glad and my glory rejoices” is my heart cry as I fight this pain battle. I know that He is present with me throughout every minute and hour, He hears me as I cry out to Him and praise Him. Brethren be assured He is with you too, in the long night hours and during the daytime. He sees your pain and hears your every word.