Songs for the Road: The Psalms of Ascent: Day 6

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Isaiah 2:3

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us about his ways
so that we may walk in his paths.”
For instruction will go out of Zion
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
- Isaiah 2:3

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  • I love how the Psalm says we have escaped from the snare and then the snare is broken. That should mean it’s unable to be used on us again! I wish we could live like the snare really is broken and unusable again.

    • Hannah

      I liked that bit as well. I think that sometimes we put that snare back on ourselves and just need to let it go and give it to the Lord. This is something I need to work on myself.

  • My heavy thoughts of suicide, depression, and anxiety are starting to chip away from me. A few weeks ago, I had commented explaining the story of my miraculous birth and how I survived death, but still have not understood why I wasn’t just taken our home. I read these past few passages saying “God is our protector and he will never let you slip” but I don’t understand. With my brother/best friend being deployed, my other brother’s messy divorce with a women I had gotten close with for 6 years, and seeing the news, I don’t understand. My mother and I would cry and beg God not to let the divorce happen. But it happened. And as a result, my siblings and I just don’t talk. All of the fear and depression from my life and kept me asking “why couldn’t I have just died that day?” And with fear of the future, I am even more tempted to take it. I know this post was all over the place, but I desperately want to understand. I desperately want to trust God as our protector but don’t understand why all of this is happening, or why couldn’t I have just died that day.

    • Kara

      Oh Libby I am praying for you today. You are Gods precious child and he cares for every hair on your head! Is there someone local who could speak into this depression? A pastor, friend, or counselor? Sometimes my world feels so broken and I long to be with Jesus, but He has a plan for us here, no matter how far we feel from Him. May you find even a small ray of hope today. ((Hugs))

    • Melissa

      I’m so sorry for all your pain, Libby. There’s not much I can say that isn’t trite, but I can say that I’ve been in that place of severe depression, where you feel like there is no point in hoping for anything. You are not alone. Check out John 16:33. You might try to find someone local to you that you trust to talk to. A pastor or friend, anyone you can share your pain with who can help you walk through this. I’m praying for you.

    • Michele

      Dearest Libby, though I did not see your previous story, I do know you are a living, breathing miracle with much left to do, experience, and accomplish in this world. I do not know the depth of your pain, nor the people of whom you speak, but I do know that fear is a tool of the enemy that paralyzes us and keeps us from life. And I know and believe the Word of God that says you are loved beyond measure, as are each member of your family, by a God that sees, hears, and knows your every joy and heartbreak. You are SO loved that nothing can separate you from that love. I cannot hope to change your present circumstances with just a few words, but I do hope I can encourage you to seek the Lord, meditate on scriptures that speak of His love and speak to that fear that has no place in your life. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”. And please do find a trusted friend, a fellow believer, or a pastor with whom to share your heart that can physically hold your hand and pray with you. Please know that you are being lifted up in prayer by many of us today. Much love~ Michele

    • Alexis

      Oh Libby I am praying for you. You are a miracle and so precious and valuable to God. The enemy attacks us with fear, depression and suicidal thoughts because he knows our value, how loved we are by God and this is a threat to him. So he lies and tells us we are worthless. That our situations will never change. That what we see with our eyes now is how things will always be. God is our refuge and strength. He is beside you now in this time of darkness, holding your hand. I am so sorry for your pain. Please know that God sees you, he hears you and he won’t leave you.

    • Emily B.

      Sometimes we’re not supposed to understand, as hard as that may be to accept. Situations that break us and make us long for understanding and then not getting any–that’s where faith comes in. I know that’s easier said than done, but you have a purpose. Satan is making you focus on all of the wrong things (which he’s so very good at). Your life is a miracle, whether you understand it completely or not. Please, please keep clinging to the sure foundation you have in Christ. Don’t lose hope!

    • Christine Marie

      Libby you are not alone and you are dearly loved and valued. We live in a fallen world where bad things happen, but thankfully we have a God who is greater than this world. He sees your every sorrow and will heal your every wound. Praying for you Libby. You are far too valuable to end your life. You are still here for a purpose. Praying for you Libby!

      “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
      ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭147:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬
      http://bible.com/111/psa.147.3.niv

    • churchmouse

      Libby, I add my prayers to all the others. I pray for you to reach out to someone who is not part of the issues you face, someone who can objectively counsel with you, who has a strong and deep faith, and one who has seen victory in their own life and so can share with you. When you don’t understand how God is working or what He is permitting, remember His character: that He is a God who loves and is good and is true and is faithful. Feelings are fleeting and we have finite mortal minds but a deep intimate relationship with Him will see you through. Do not grow weary. Reach out. Hugging you from here

    • Emily Carson

      Libby, I’m praying for you, and your tender heart, and your family. There are no words, but taking this to Christ with you.

    • Mallory

      Hey Libby! Thanks so much for sharing your heart. Would you be open to talking to someone more? I’d love to chat with you or there’s a great group I know about where you can text and chat with people who know God and want to provide a listening ear and speak hope over you. You can check it out at http://remedylive.com/
      Father God, please show Libby the great love that you already have for her and have showered on her in the death of Your Son for her. You have taken death FOR her so that she can LIVE in hope–even in heartache and pain, You are with her and You haven’t taken your eyes off of her. We know that when Lazarus died, Jesus cried. He has felt the weight of all of our sorrow and pain and knows what it’s like to suffer and feel pain. I pray that you would remind her of how greatly she is loved and that your hope is available to her even now. In the name of Jesus ❤️

    • Michelle

      Lifting you up Libby, so you can trust and hope in God. Blessings

    • She Reads Truth

      Libby, I want you to know that we’ve read this and that we care about you, not just as a part of this SRT community, but as our sister and a child of God and in faith. We are going to respond to you privately, but we are so encouraged and uplifted by the community outpouring their support here. This is why the SRT community is so beautiful – you guys truly care for each other. It is always so incredible seeing sisters in Christ come together to love and support one another through our hardest trials.

      Please be looking out for an email from us shortly.

      – Stormye

  • churchmouse

    How often, when facing a difficult decision, do I say ” oh what should I do?” I wring my hands with worry. Oh I need this reminder on this grace day! What sound advice in this verse! Go to the Lord for He will teach me about His ways so that I may walk in His path. Oh if, in every decision, I would go first to Him and seek His counsel, rather than calling on friends or relying on my own ideas! Instruction will come from Him when I seek Him. Oh let me hear the word of the Lord!

  • What a wonderful reading to meditate on for our grace day. Let us seek Him always! Come let us gather and learn His ways and walk in His ways through His strength, not our own! Amen.

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