LGD 093: Take Heart

Young boy holding a paper heart colored red

Author’s Note: If you are looking for the podcast of today’s reading it will be posted later this week.

Weariness is not next to godliness – it’s just weariness. Over the last several days we have been looking at God’s sustaining power and hope.

Young boy holding a paper heart colored red

Today, nestled in this tiny verse is more hope for our weary hearts. The psalmist says,

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.”

Psalms 31:24

When we are tired and weary, we can lose sight of God and who He is. We must not lose site of this truth, because it is our anchor.

I hope you are not growing weary, but if you are, let this verse sweep over you and give you peace.

The psalmist beckons us to power through and to regain our strength and courage. Can’t you hear the psalmist shouting – Take Heart – you are not alone.

God is with you. How do you know this?

Because your hope is in the Lord. Your hope does not lie with your peers, your friends or your pastor.

Your hope is in the Lord.

The psalmist, David, knew a couple of things about stress and needing hope. He was chased by King Saul on many occasions, and for long periods of time.

Here are a couple of things to help you be strong and take heart:

  • Spend time in silence and solitude start with 30 seconds and grow from there. Allow yourself to listen and relax
  • Dig into scripture – let the words of the Psalms wash over you and restore you
  • Journal Your Thoughts – writing your prayers or thought can help you process your stress or the day’s events and allow you to move forward with a fresh heart.

May your heart be restored, your faith strengthened and you see the hope of the Lord lived out in a fresh way.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the words of the psalmist to be strong and take heart. Give me strength, refreshment and restoration as we head towards the weekend. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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