TAKING A STROLL

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
 
Psalm 56 walking with God
With each day comes new challenges to adjust our thinking so that circumstances and what others say about us do not mar our relationship with who we really are in God’s eyes. Begin, the minute you wake up, and conscience, with greeting our Father, God. BE with God first. BE still before Him. BE ready to listen to Him before listening to others. This alone is worship to God. It gives Him first place in our hearts and minds. This act shows Him how much we believe HIM over any comment or action anyone else in our world will say or do. It is also a time to lay our “to do lists” before Him to see what He wants.
 
I know this is hard with kids to wake up and get going for school. I know it is hard if you have to be at work along with the task of getting kids and spouses to their places. I know it is hard to put God first over all the details of life, but it is so necessary for your spiritual and mental health. (My best place in those days with kids and getting ready for work was in my shower!)
 
Without this first talk with God, it is even more difficult to run from place to place running on your own steam, without a plan of defense against circumstances that will be out of your control, against harsh words of a boss or co worker, against comments of “frienemies” who you must relate with daily but will talk about you the minute your back is turned…as if you didn’t know. Right? Take a stroll with God in your mind first. He will provide the armor you will need against the real enemy, Satan. Yes, he is real.
 
Psalm 56 amazedWHAT is that word from God that He will say first to you? “You’re my child and I love you no matter what!” Isn’t that crazy! God begins with WHO we are, not what He wants from us. GOD LOVES US! WE BELONG TO HIM! How cool and encouraging is that? That, alone, is one of our strongest defenses against whatever will be thrown at us in this life…for today. That’s what “daily manna” is all about. Seriously, we can only handle one day at a time, right?
 
So, we go before Him, walk leisurely with him, talk with him in our minds and then take time to listen for His best along with His peace for the day ahead. He will pack the backpacks of our minds, so to speak, with all He knows we will need for today’s journey. Yes, He will! I want that, don’t you?
 
Psalm 56, The Message
A David Psalm, When He Was Captured by the Philistines in Gath
 
1-4 Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around,
stomped on every day.
Not a day goes by
but somebody beats me up;
They make it their duty
to beat me up.
Psalm 56 God keeps meWhen I get really afraid
I come to you in trust.
I’m proud to praise God;
fearless now, I trust in God.
What can mere mortals do?
 
5-6 They don’t let up—
they smear my reputation
and huddle to plot my collapse.
They gang up,
sneak together through the alleys
To take me by surprise,
wait their chance to get me.
 
7 Pay them back in evil!
Get angry, God!
Down with these people!
 
Psalm 56 tears kept.jpg8 You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn
through the sleepless nights,
Each tear entered in your ledger,
each ache written in your book.
 
9 If my enemies run away,
turn tail when I yell at them,
Then I’ll know
that God is on my side.
Psalm 56 edge
10-11 I’m proud to praise God,

 

proud to praise God.
Fearless now, I trust in God;
what can mere mortals do to me?
 
12-13 God, you did everything you promised,
and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
in the sunlit fields of life.
 
Psalm 56 trust
SOMETHING TO CHEW…
David’s prayer reminds us of God’s care for us in and through whatever we are going through today:
 
“God is on my side.”
“I’m proud to praise God.”
“Fearless now, I trust in God; what can mere mortals do to me?”
“God, you did everything you promised and I’m thanking you with all my heart.”
“You pulled me from the brink of death, my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.” (Negative thoughts perpetrated, promoted and perpetuated by our real enemy, Satan.)
“Now I stroll at leisure with God in the sunlit fields of life.” (Our negative, worldview thinking now turns to more Godly thinking which is our first line of defense, our shield of faith, our way of being walking worshipers with all that is in us.)
 
HEART CHECK:
 
Wow. I’m thinking now of an old hymn that tells the benefits of “taking a stroll at leisure with God…” Maybe you know it and will sing it with me.
 
I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The son of God discloses.
 
And he walks with me and he talks with me
And he tells me I am his own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known.
 
He speaks and the sound of his voice is so sweet
The birds hush their singing
And the melody that he gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
 
And he walks with me and he talks with me
And he tells me I am his own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known.
 
I’d stay in the garden with him
Though the night around me is falling
But He bids me go through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling…
 
Psalm 56 God is for me
SO, grab your mug each morning and have breakfast with the Savior. This is time well spent and could save your life from the ugly that the world has to offer and is more than ready to give. BE the difference the world needs to see but first do what God says:
 
BE still and know that I am God.
BE still and know.
BE still.
BE.
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
It is good to walk with you and talk with you, knowing without doubt that You are listening, loving and ready to provide all we will need for this day. Thank you, Lord. You’re promise to be with us always still stands. Your promises haven’t changed. Your love hasn’t changed. That alone will get me through this day. I am who you say I am. I’m a child of God, YES I AM! Thank you, Lord! I’m ready for this day with YOU in the lead! Let’s go!
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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