Brace Yourself!

Brace yourself! This is the phrase that we use to prepare ourselves for some impending negative event. It may be physically holding on to something in preparation for jolting or even a collision. It could even relate to preparing yourself for news that may move you emotionally.

As bracing yourself may seem to work in the physical world, it does not work in the spiritual. However, what will work is if the Lord braces you.

1 The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; (Psalm 20:1-2)

In this time of distress for David, he is looking for the Lord to send him help and strength. The strength he is seeking is comfort and to be held up. Another meaning for the word strength would be to brace. David is not bracing himself for the trial that he faces, but he is asking the Lord to brace him.

When I think of the Lord bracing us for trials, I picture a parent with a child. Imagine a small child in the arms of a father as they face a frightening experience like a thunderstorm. With each flash and bang of the storm, the child buries their head in the father’s chest as the father tightly braces the child. The father’s embrace may not be able to stop the storm, but it does bring security and strength to the child.

As we face the storms of life, God wants to brace us for them. He may not choose to remove the storm, but with his tender embrace, he will provide us the comfort and strength that we need.

Thankfully his loving embrace in these times is based on his mercy and grace. Because of this, we can always count on the father to be there for us. As you face storms in life, bury your head into the chest of your heavenly father and experience his strong loving embrace.

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Brace Yourself!

Brace yourself! This is the phrase that we use to prepare ourselves for some impending negative event. It may be physically holding on to something in preparation for jolting or even a collision. It could even relate to preparing yourself for news that may move you emotionally.

As bracing yourself may seem to work in the physical world, it does not work in the spiritual. However, what will work is if the Lord braces you.

1 The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; (Psalm 20:1-2)

In this time of distress for David, he is looking for the Lord to send him help and strength. The strength he is seeking is comfort and to be held up. Another meaning for the word strength would be to brace. David is not bracing himself for the trial that he faces, but he is asking the Lord to brace him.

When I think of the Lord bracing us for trials, I picture a parent with a child. Imagine a small child in the arms of a father as they face a frightening experience like a thunderstorm. With each flash and bang of the storm, the child buries their head in the father’s chest as the father tightly braces the child. The father’s embrace may not be able to stop the storm, but it does bring security and strength to the child.

As we face the storms of life, God wants to brace us for them. He may not choose to remove the storm, but with his tender embrace, he will provide us the comfort and strength that we need.

Thankfully his loving embrace in these times is based on his mercy and grace. Because of this, we can always count on the father to be there for us. As you face storms in life, bury your head into the chest of your heavenly father and experience his strong loving embrace.

Being Hid (Psalm 27:5)



Many years ago, I went to visit an Aunt and Uncle in Tennessee.  During the daytime hours, my sister and I stayed at the grandparents’ house and played with the neighborhood kids.  On one occasion, we were playing hide-and-go-seek and I frantically ran into the kitchen and asked grandmother to help me find a place to hid.  I remember she opened up the cabinets under the sink, took the contents out and told me to get in there.  Moments later the kitchen was filled with the voices of those seeking to find me.  They never did, because I was safely hid.

God is much the same.  The Psalmist learned that when he faced trouble, the Lord would hide him in his secret place. The trouble may be present, but he was hid safely from the harm that the problem could cause.  God wants to do the same for you and me.  He wants us to run to him and seek refuge from the harm that we face.  He will protect us, but at the same time reveal himself to us as we hide in the tabernacle of his care.

Psalms 27:5  For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Trials and troubles are inevitable, but what we have is a God who will care for us as we seek refuge in him.

Knowing More of Him (Revelation 21:4)

As you go through a trial, remember that it is God’s desire for you to live life without sorrow.  There will come a day when all of your sorrow will be gone, but until that time, he will provide to you a comforter instead of a deliverer.

God wants you to experience each facet of his greatness.  Deliverer, Judge, Ruler and King are aspects of him that we greatly desire to see and experience.  However, God wants you to know him as comforter, burden bearer, and guide.  You can only know the latter by experiencing difficulties in your life.  If you want to know him, you must follow him to where he leads.  Because it is only in those places that you can more fully learn of him.

Take Refuge (Psalm 28:7)

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Some time ago, my wife and I were enjoying ourselves as we explored the capital city of the Dominican Republic. We decided to rest and sit on the shore and watch a ship pass, but after some time, we noticed a storm coming in off of the coast. Being intrigued by the sight, we lingered a bit too long and found ourselves caught in a down pour. While holding hands, we scurried through the tiny streets of the city and finally found a small cafe to take refuge. Needless to say, it wasn’t any where nearly as romantic as the movies make it seem. But regardless of the fact, we found refuge from the storm.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. (Psalms 28:7)

The psalmist declared that his heart trusted in The Lord. By that, he was stating that when his trouble arose, he sought refuge in The Lord and subsequently The Lord gave him help. God may not have necessarily removed the trouble, but he did bring help to his heart. Sadly to say, but many believers as they face troubles do not immediately seek refuge in The Lord. They struggle alone trying to battle the circumstances and become weary in the process. God has never intended that to be. He always wants us to abound in Christ and to experience joy and contentment regardless of the circumstances.

As you face trials, seek The Lord early. He will be found and you will find refuge for your soul.

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His Face Is Not Hid (Psalm 22:24)

At times, life can be very difficult. Not just for a few people, but everybody on the planet. Health issues, financial strains, domestic upheavals, death, enemies, violent crimes or any other negative experience cause difficulty for our lives. What makes those times even more difficult is the mental struggle that we endure until the difficulty ends.

Many during these times turn their focus towards God. They either focus on him for help or question his holiness. The Psalmist faced a similar situation, but maintain integrity in his faith by recognizing that even when it seems that God is not responding, he does not look down on our affliction and hears our prayer.

For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. (Psalms 22:24)

Regardless of how circumstances may appear, God is attentive to us and our problems. By his sovereignty, he will accomplish his intended purposes and afterwards bring deliverance. Victory for us is not so much deliverance from the trial, but more so in the battle that occurs in our hearts. We must trust or have faith in the goodness and holiness of God and not allow the enemies’ accusations to abide in our hearts. This battle will not be easy, but by truth from God’s word and fellowship in prayer, the battle can be won.

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Light and Gladness (Psalm 97:11)

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A few years ago, my wife and daughter bought me a fig tree for my birthday. At first, I tried growing the tree in a large pot, but had little success. After transplanting it into the ground, other difficulties were faced. My greatest challenge was the winter months. For two consecutive years, I lost all growth of the tree, but managed to salvage the root system. Just recently, I enjoyed my first fig. I planted, cultivated and even prayed until I reaped the harvest.

The Lord has done the same in the hearts of the righteous. He sows into our hearts what we need and because the condition of our hearts is right, we will gain the desired fruit. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. (Psalms 97:11). While struggling through life, we may think that The Lord is ignoring or abandoning us, but he has not. He is bringing to us what we need, but what we needs takes time. God sows, time lapses and the necessary fruit is yielded.

Two great fruit promised by The Lord are light and gladness. When we have light, direction is clear and we know the steps that we should take. Gladness is also pleasure and rejoicing in heart. To face life with direction and to have rejoicing in your heart is all that we could ever ask for. God promises to give these to the righteous, but he does it over time. My figs did not grow overnight and neither will that which God sows into our lives.