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Feeling Overwhelmed?

Voila_Capture138Quite early yesterday morning I was feeling like my nose was beneath the water-line of my schedule and task list. Anxiety ensued, followed by a heavy chest. Time in the Sacred Writings and prayer brought little relief. And then, as 7am rolled around, my wife and oldest children joined me for our regular habit of reading some Psalms and a chapter from Proverbs before they head off to school. And that is when it happened.

You see, I came into contact with words that painted such a grand view of the greatness of Yahweh that my schedule, task list, and the problems and crises they were filled with, looked very, very small.

I know that there is no guarantee reading this Psalm will do the same for you if you are feeling that way today, but by the grace of God and ministry of the Holy Spirit, I pray it will.

Psalm 135:1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the name of the Lord,

give praise, O servants of the Lord,

who stand in the house of the Lord,

in the courts of the house of our God!

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;

sing to his name, for it is pleasant!

For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,

Israel as his own possession.

For I know that the Lord is great,

and that our Lord is above all gods.

Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,

in heaven and on earth,

in the seas and all deeps.

He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,

who makes lightnings for the rain

and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

both of man and of beast;

who in your midst, O Egypt,

sent signs and wonders

against Pharaoh and all his servants;

10  who struck down many nations

and killed mighty kings,

11  Sihon, king of the Amorites,

and Og, king of Bashan,

and all the kingdoms of Canaan,

12  and gave their land as a heritage,

a heritage to his people Israel.

13  Your name, O Lord, endures forever,

your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.

14  For the Lord will vindicate his people

and have compassion on his servants.

15  The idols of the nations are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.

16  They have mouths, but do not speak;

they have eyes, but do not see;

17  they have ears, but do not hear,

nor is there any breath in their mouths.

18  Those who make them become like them,

so do all who trust in them.

19  O house of Israel, bless the Lord!

O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!

20  O house of Levi, bless the Lord!

You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!

21  Blessed be the Lord from Zion,

he who dwells in Jerusalem!

Praise the Lord!

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