Reflections and Poetry

Hope in the Psalms

The perfect verse for today

“Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me!

Give Your strength to Your servant,

And save the son of Your maidservant.

Show me a sign for good,

That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed,

Because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”

(Psalm 86:16-17)

This is a little-known verse to me but it jumped out this morning.

This week hasn’t been easy. Most days since my husband passed away, I have felt lifted up, lighter, for the LORD has borne my burden. But this week I have felt heavier, more isolated than before. I think the reason is because I’ve had more work and less reflection time.

Today this Word jumped out at me, and I am given restoration. For though it is true that so many people have propped me up with their prayers, helped me with their wisdom, encouraged me with their time, there are still those who oppose Jesus and so oppose me.

And my son, still a minor, has been coping too. Now the end of the school year and all that it entails approaches. He has done well. I’ve watched and seen him manage himself. And so that this verse includes him, makes me happy and full of hope.


So, do not forget to dwell with the LORD as much as you need. That is the message to myself and to us all. Dwelling — abiding (as Jesus calls it in John 15) is a gift we must not ignore. It is vital! Scripture gives us food for life. And restores our very souls.

Hallelujah, “He restores my soul” (Psalm 23:3)