Lifting Up My Soul
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. (Psalm 143:8 ESV)
Jesus, this whole Psalm is the song of my heart today and encouragement to my soul. I feel downtrodden and alone, and am wondering where to turn. I feel condemned by my past failures, and am haunted by the ghosts of my sins. They gibber and scream in the corners of my mind, pointing ghastly fingers of accusation at me, dragging me into the pit with guilt and sorrow.
But I will not fall to this. I will like David think on your mighty deeds. I will make my mind dwell on the history of your grace throughout all time and your personal mercies to me and my family. How can I doubt such boundless and eternal love when it stretches throughout all of history and extends to giving of yourself for my salvation?
Do not hide your face from me. The more parched I am, the more I thirst for your goodness. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love. Let the first whisper of thought and word in my mind as I awake be “YOU ARE LOVED” and may I rest in this truth, putting to shame the enemies of my soul.