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Comfort for a crisis from Psalm 9

Lord Jesus, We ask your Spirit to comfort us today. Whether we suffer with grief, anxiety , fear, hurt, anger, betrayal, guilt, or hopelessness- - Come meet us. Speak into our lives and invite us to sit in your presence. To feel you. To trust you. To hear you. We come and sit. We wait with expectation and wonder. We will tell of your wonders. We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will sing your praises because you always uphold your righteous causes. You will rebuke sin and arrogance. You will blot out the names of the wicked with your vengeance and uphold the testimony of the righteous. You will judge the world for its sin. You will govern us, your people, with justice . You are refuge for the the oppressed and a stronghold in times of trouble. Because of your power, righteousness will not be defeated. Those who seek you will know your name -- they will hear you call yourself by the name they most need to understand. And that will cause them to

A Psalm for anxiety

Have you ever woken up feeling anxious and unsettled? Do a few dozen responsibilities and concerns fight against one another in your brain? Feeling nausea or fear in the pit of your stomach? Are you ever overwhelmed by the sense of defeat and failure when you haven't failed at something? Hello, Anxiety. You're a tough one to beat. When I'm struggling with anxiety, I like to read Psalm 13 and Psalm 31. Several other Psalms speak to fear, oppression, and grief--which can feel similar to anxiety--but these two seem to zero in on the cloak-and-dagger enemy that is anxiety: our own minds and emotions. Here's a prayer from Psalm 31 : Oh, Lord, You are the Comforter and the Healer. I need your power in my life. I feel a lot of anxiety and pressure right now. I honestly can't tell how much is true pressure, real deadlines, or just my own unrealistic expectations. I am pressuring myself, attempting to either control, direct, or manage everything I ca