"I saw God before me all the time
Nothing can shake me; He's right by my side.
I'm glad from the inside out, ecstatic;
I have pitched my tent in the land of hope."
This past week was certainly filled with unsettling news ~ The uprisings in so many countries, gas prices exploding, the protests here in America, the death of 4 missionaries by pirates, and the devastating earthquake in New Zealand. Even though we may not personally be affected by much of it, our hearts ache for those involved. A while ago God blessed me with an email devotional that gave me a special Bible verse from Acts, just when I needed it. It is now a mantra for me. "I have pitched my tent in the land of hope." I love this! When I looked it up, I discovered even more to ponder, and that David had written these words in Psalm 16, and that they were also prophetic words writtne about Jesus.
The Psalmist David knew that he needed to keep his focus on God. He knew what we know in our hearts ~ that we need to keep God before us no matter how hard or challenging the journey. We always need to remember that God is with us...beside us...ahead of us...behind us. Just knowing that keeps us steady and gives us the strength and joy to be ecstatic from the inside out.... pitching our tents in the land of hope.
Remembering that Jesus is our Guide, our Protector, and our Healer.......here.............in the Land of Hope, gives us cause to rejoice! What a beautiful place is this Land of Hope. Let's place our tents side by side and build a city in there, giving thanks to God for all that He has provided to help us on our journey. We are blessed.
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