Eight visitors to a small house for my first Thanksgiving as a married lady, compounded by sickness two days before – a little overwhelming!
However, the Lord brings perfect peace when we take time and seek Him daily.
Before our guests arrived, I was reading Psalm 86. Through these verses, the Lord brought encouragement and peace in a flurry of last minute activities.
This prayer of David perfectly reflected my own prayer.
“Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.… Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” (Psalm 86:1, 3-5)
The Lord is our help; the Lord will hear our cry.
In continued meditation of this Psalm, I am reminded of an old hymn by Isaac Watts which seems to portray some of the same truths.
O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.