Do You Feel Surrounded?

Today we have a post from Janet Sketchley. Very timely as I have been a little “surrounded” myself and forgot to post until now. I find God really does have a sense of humour.

Do You Feel Surrounded?

by Janet Sketchley

Help me O Lord

O LORD, I have so many enemies;
so many are against me.
So many are saying,
“God will never rescue him!”
Psalm 3:1, NLT*

Do you ever feel this way, not about physical enemies, but about the pressures, the “stuff” of your life? About the obligations, real or perceived, that loom around you like mountains? They block the light, and it feels like they’re closing in.

I try to be organized and manage my time, but my to-do list can turn into an overwhelming monster. The details paralyze me and I get further behind.

I forget I have a Good Shepherd, and
I hear those “enemy voices” saying I’ll never make it.

Psalm 3 is a perfect prayer when we’re overwhelmed. In eight verses, it lets me articulate the problem, it focuses on God my defender and source of hope, and it cries out to God for rescue.

Do you feel surrounded? Pray Psalm 3.

Fear may whisper that God will never rescue us—or that He can’t—but He can. He will. We just need to ask Him, and to believe His word.

*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


I forget I have a Good Shepherd, and I hear those “enemy voices” saying I’ll never make it. (tweet this)

Do you feel surrounded? Pray Psalm 3. (tweet this)

Janet Sketchley

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Janet writes about the tenacity of God. Her novel, Heaven’s Prey, released November 1, 2013 from Choose NOW Publishing. You can find her on her website, Janet Sketchley.


1 comment

  1. God does, indeed, have a sense of humour, Janis. I love how He reminds us of that. Incidentally, the bird in that photo is a Northern Gannet, and he/she was lost… blown by hurricane winds and ended up on a Nova Scotia beach. I hope he/she found the way home.

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