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The Lord My Strength

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Close up lettering drawing psalm 43
Psalm 43
Vindicate me, my God,
    and plead my cause
    against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
    deceitful and wicked.
You are God my stronghold.
    Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?
Send me your light and your faithful care,
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

This meme made me laugh, because so much of life is like this. At least mine is! But I don’t think I’m the only one who has crazy emotions, and I know I’m not the only one who has to deal with hard stuff.
And so I love the Psalms. One minute David is moaning about how difficult life is and how much people hate him, and how depressed he is. Woe! 
Next minute, he’s praising the Lord (and telling himself to get a grip). When I’m stressed and overwhelmed, it helps to talk to myself like you talk to a cranky toddler (calm, patient, heavy on the praise for small wins. You made your bed Emma! Good girl!). I can definitely relate.
If I’m stuck on what to read next in the Bible, it’s so helpful to flip it open to the middle and read out one of those ancient prayers. It’s good to know human emotions haven’t changed that much in the last couple thousand years. It’s good to remind yourself that God never changes.
He is our strength, our refuge, no matter what life looks like. May you find refuge in his strength today.
The Lord my strength handlettering piece
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