Where can we go that God cannot? What can we do that God cannot see? What can we go through that
God is not with us?
The answer: Nowhere and nothing.
I bet you have a best friend. They may be related to you or they may not. I bet if you do not have a best
friend at this moment, you have had one. I bet you have somebody in your life that knows you better
than anyone else, maybe even yourself. I bet sometimes, even though you love them, you wish you
were not so transparent. They see you, they know if you’re sad, and they know how to cheer you up. I
bet sometimes you forget that God can do that too and He does wholeheartedly. The best part is, He’s
God, which means you can be yourself and He will never leave or get bored. (Yes. Even if you act
awkward in public situations or are not the captain of the volleyball team, He will love you and be there
for you. He’s cool like that.) So, if you find yourself in one of those situations where you are going
through something difficult and maybe it feels like you are the only one who understands, here are
some great words about your Heavenly best friend.
1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive
my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my
ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and
before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me
to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the
heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the
dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will
hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12
even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to
This is a very powerful Psalm and I have made it my Power Psalm. This passage has some very profound truths about the God we interact with daily. These words tell us that not only is God our Creator and Stronghold, but He is also our Best Friend! You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. He knows us! He did not stop with creating us, He forms a relationship with us. He is not only watching over you, He is actively participating in your life. He knows your way of speech, He knows your favorite movies, and He rejoices in your accomplishments. He was there during your worst times to lift you up and He was there when you were on top of the world sharing your grin. There is not one place you have gone that He was not there with you. The icing on the cake? He even sees your sin and loves you through it. In fact, He knows what you struggle with in your walk and He sees every stumble, yet He loves you unconditionally.
That floors me. After what I’ve done to Him? After what I’ve done to Jesus, His son?? He cares about
ME? He wants to have an intimate relationship with ME? I am a speck. I am nothing. Yet God knows me.
For example, it is like you are walking down the street and [insert favorite celebrity here] sees you and
says “Hey, I know you!” and then proceeds to talk to you all day long. You sit there thinking, “What are
they doing with me? They could be doing literally anything right now, yet, they’re taking the time to get
to know little ol’ me!” Except God does not see us that way! We are His creation! Later on in the
passage, it goes on to say that we are “…fearfully and wonderfully made…” He takes the time to create
us so uniquely. I find it mind blowing that the God of the universe took time to make me. That makes me
feel special and priceless. That makes me feel like I am worth so much more than what the world tells
me. I have a purpose because God put me here.
If you read the rest of the chapter, there is much more you can find out about our Creator and His love
for you. I hope you find hope in this passage. Do you have a Power Psalm? If so, the Worth More Team
and I would love to hear it! Share it with us!
Written by: Kristen
I have a Spotify playlist for every mood. It’s clearly labeled by the emotion, and the music that completes the playlist just encourage that emotion. For example, the playlist entitled “dramatic” is filled with songs with crescendos, emotion-filled lyrics, and melodies that make you feel like you’re in a movie trailer. Needless to say, that playlist is probably my favorite. The Psalms remind me of my Spotify playlists.
Every mood. Every emotion. Every thought. It’s covered. It’s there. It’s written about. The Psalmists understand me and my dramatic self.
So when I have to choose a “power Psalm” and talk about what it speaks to me, I have trouble. I have to first examine my heart. What am I feeling right now in this moment? Then I go from there. But as I looked at myself trying to choose a Psalm I felt like empowered me every day, I realized I needed to choose a Psalm that spoke of grace. Because let’s face it: I need grace often (like every day often).
The subtitle of this text is “The Lord will not forsake His people.” Twenty-three verses that encompass just that. The reminder and spoken truth that we have a God that doesn’t forsake us. Don’t we all need that?
In the midst of a busy and chaotic world, we can feel so lonely and broken. To remind ourselves that there is grace in the middle of all of that is one of the most comforting things to me.
You can read the entire chapter on your own here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+94&version=ESV. But so I don’t have pages upon pages written on Psalm 94, I’m going to focus on just verses 18 and 19. These could easily be an anthem to grace. I love what the Amplified Version says for theses verses:
“If I say, ‘My foot has slipped,’ Your compassions and loving kindness, O Lord, will hold me up. When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me.”
First, lets focus on 18. “My foot has slipped.” It makes me think of Peter when Jesus calls him to walk on water in Matthew 14. Peter begins to sink, and Jesus pulls him up - a rescue and safe place.
Where does your foot keep slipping? Where in your life do you feel you fall time and time again?
Friend, Jesus holds you up.
He offers grace when you need it. He has compassion and loving kindness that He’s wanting to pour out onto you. You just need to speak out and say, “My foot has slipped,” and there He is.
Let’s go on to verse 19 now. I’m a very anxious person. And there are days where my thoughts are filled with anxiety and fear. It is comforting to read the words, “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me.”
Sometimes, I need to speak that truth out to myself. As I’m scared or tired or emotional, to speak the truth of “I am comforted and delighted by You, Lord.”
I want you to speak that truth over yourself. Right where you are. Remind yourself that in the midst of your hurt and chaos and anxiety and fear, you can claim delight, because you serve a God who loves you and comforts you. In the darkest valleys, in the stormiest seas, He is there.
My “power Psalm” is a Psalm of grace. Of kindness. Of love. And I hope that encourages you when you feel like you’ve fallen too far from grace.
Written by: Carrie
Brainwashing. You often hear the verb used in sci-fi movies or crazy documentaries on TV focusing on some hair-raising cult. The term itself doesn’t necessarily come along with positive connotations, for, in most cases, “brainwashing” a person only occurs in creepy scenes from straight-to-DVD movies with eery lighting and too many jump scares.
This term, though, weird as it may sound, was recently brought up in a conversation I had with my mother. We attended a Christian conference about a year ago. An admired, famous female speaker spoke about the art of combatting the lies of the enemy. She passed out a small booklet full of Bible verses that reminded us of our true identity found in the Lord. She encouraged us to keep the booklets handy and to flip through them often. Along with that, she even recommended reading its contents aloud to ourselves.
As my mom and I discussed these ideas, she squealed and connected two of the wildest things- Christianity and brainwashing. It may sound crazy, but she had a point. In short, she explained that the enemy wants us to fail. In order to sabotage us, satan takes note of our shortcomings and will do whatever he can to remind us of them. If we, though, as Christians, protect ourselves by BRAINWASHING ourselves with words of hope, peace, joy, and fruits of the spirit, then we are doing what we can to smash the enemy into the ground.
Let’s flash back to those crazy movies we discussed earlier. How does someone “brainwash” another person? How could one brainwash one’s self? Why is the act usually successful? Brainwashing can be described as radically changing someone’s beliefs by means of repetition and systematic measures. This could describe what you may see in cinematic features or even the repetition of pledges and honor codes. Words contain power, and if you latch onto them often enough, whether their spoken, written, or both, then they’ll develop sacred meanings to you. Ultimately, for the sake of these examples, you’re “brainwashing” yourself into a particular mind set. With that power comes great responsibility. How can you brainwash yourself into a mindset focused God’s truth?
Thankfully, the Lord has gifted us with positive words neatly bound and printed straight from His heart. You can utilize the Bible while brainwashing yourself (I don’t think that will ever sound normal!). If you cling to a certain passage in the Bible, repeat it to yourself often and meditate on it. You are ultimately brainwashing yourself to align with its message! This could, unfortunately, go in another direction. You could use the same brainwashing method with something of diminishing value, like something non motivating and not from the Word, and see extremely negative effects. Conflicted as to where to begin? I recommend a Psalm.
Psalms had different applications as they were written. Some Psalms were sung as praises to the Lord, some were prayers of thanks, and others were cries to God in times of need. Since there is such a variety of Psalms, it’s almost certain that there is at least one you can resonate with. When searching for my personal power Psalm to “brainwash” myself with, I simply prayed and asked God what words He had for me. He answered my prayer immediately. During this time in my life, I was wallowing in the lowest valley I’ve ever experienced. When I asked the Lord what Psalm I needed to consistently cling to, He gave me Psalm 71. In doing so, He gifted me with the exact words He knew I needed. After receiving that Psalm from Him, I read it daily. On the worst of my days, I prayed it aloud and verbatim to Him. On the happiest of my days, I used it as a reminder God’s grace and the hope I will find in the future He has planned for me.
Be open to what the Lord has to say to you. Allow His words to ring true in your life. Even if His truth is difficult to believe or persevere with in the moment, latch onto it. Let Him “brainwash” you with His truth, for it’s the only “true Truth” that exists. Use your Power Psalm as your battle cry against the enemy, your prayer in your darkest hour, and your song of praise during your joyous days. Find peace within His Words, and remember that He spoke them just for you.
Psalm 71 (ESV):
1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame!
2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me, and save me!
3 Be to me a rock of refuge,
to which I may continually come;
you have given the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
5 For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
6 Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;
you are he who took me from my mother's womb.
My praise is continually of you.
7 I have been as a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
8 My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all the day.
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
forsake me not when my strength is spent.
10 For my enemies speak concerning me;
those who watch for my life consult together
11 and say, “God has forsaken him;
pursue and seize him,
for there is none to deliver him.”
12 O God, be not far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!
13 May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
with scorn and disgrace may they be covered
who seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually
and will praise you yet more and more.
15 My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
of your deeds of salvation all the day,
for their number is past my knowledge.
16 With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come;
I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
17 O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18 So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.
19 Your righteousness, O God,
reaches the high heavens.
You who have done great things,
O God, who is like you?
20 You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
you will bring me up again.
21 You will increase my greatness
and comfort me again.
22 I will also praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, O my God;
I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy,
when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have redeemed.
24 And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
for they have been put to shame and disappointed
who sought to do me hurt.
Written By: Grace