I have thought and prayed Psalm 40:17 so many times in the past week, a constant reminder of WHY we memorize Scripture--to actually USE it! Not just to know it and cross it off a list, but to have it become part of my thoughts and prayers.
So here's my verse from last week:
Yet I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, do not delay. (Psalm 40:17)
Took me a while this morning to decide what to learn for this week. So as I was flipping through some verse cards, I came across this one and it stood out to me:
Be my _____. Since you are my _____, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. (Psalm 31:2-3)
The actual verse has the phrase "rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me" in the first blank. And "rock and my fortress" in the second blank. But I like the blanks, so that's how I'm going to learn it. Here's why.
God IS my rock of refuge, my strong fortress--just as the verse says. But Scripture also says he's so many other things. And there are times I need to be able to fill in the blank with something else--my Father, my Redeemer, my Helper, my Counselor, my Strength, my Savior, my Hiding Place, my Shepherd, my Healer.
And so I think we can take some liberty with this verse and fill in the blank with whatever we need at the moment. (As long as it's something God has said elsewhere in Scripture that he actually is, of course!)
So today I can pray: Be my Shepherd. Since you are my Shepherd, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
What has God says he is that you need him to be for you today?
What are you learning this week?