Props From God
If I asked you right now how you are, many of you would probably give me that pat answer we all do just to get by.
But, if you’re like me, you may have a lot of stress and business going on in your life. You may feel out of control. You may climb in bed each and every night and be thinking “I’m exhausted!”.
If you feel that way, chances are…you’re normal. Our lives have become a bevy of activity from kids to work to church to our social life.
And we’re flat exhausted.
Maybe you hate your job, or are going through a time of stress related to a situation at work or elsewhere that you just need an answer to prayer for.
Maybe it’s time to cut out a few things if need be, but many of think we can’t. And it that is the case, read what David did in Psalms 3 when he was going through a time of persecution. Stress doesn’t come any worse than when you’re being persecuted by your enemies.
But you are a shield around me, O Lord;
you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
To the Lord I cry aloud,
and he answers me from his holy hill.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I love the word “sustains”.
Strongs has the meaning for the Hebrew of this words as follows:
A primitive root; to prop (literally or figuratively); reflexively, to lean upon or take hold of (in a favorable or unfavorable sense) — bear up, establish, (up-)hold, lay, lean, lie hard, put, rest self, set self, stand fast, stay (self), sustain.
The word “Sustains” in verse 5 literally means that God is “propping you up”, or that he he is leaning against you to hold you up.
I love the image of God standing behind me with his arms around me. I picture myself almost leaning back against Him and Him leaning forward to hold me upright and support my weight, or whatever is weighing me down at the moment.
I also like the thought that David “laid down and slept”. We all know about sleepless nights when we have too much on our minds. God’s sustenance allows us to trust Him and rest.
Do you need to rest today? Are you exhausted?
Take this verse to heart and let God prop you up!
Katie and her Mr. Wonderful enjoy working with youth, cooking, boating and hanging out with their six kids, one granddaughter and houseful of animals. Katie also writes the blog Dishin and Dishes, where she “dishes” about all things food. Katie also hosts a cooking/restaurant review segment on the local Oklahoma City morning news Program -Rise and Shine Oklahoma!