“I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
“8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon your people.”
Deja vu, I’ve been here before. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Have you ever felt this way? Of course you have, we all have. Some Deja-vu’s are nice, others, not so much. I am having a “not so much” moment this morning. My husband has been furloughed, and all the old familiar fears and emotions are pounding in my heart, knocking on the door of my brain, and I have to decide whether to let them in. Let me explain. My husband was laid off about 4 years ago, maybe 3, can’t remember. But it was the climax to an already difficult and frightening time in our lives. His lay-off lasted 3 months and we lost alot, including our home. God has blessed us so much and encouraged us through it all, but I feel so< “Here we go again,” this morning.
I decided to go to the familiar and comforting words of the psalms this morning. I resisted the urge to turn on the news and get the worldly perspective of the situation. I went to God instead. And as He always does, He spoke kind and peaceful words to my worried heart. God is the one who sustains me, not my husband’s paycheck, or anyone else for that matter.
I love how the word, “selah” is at the end of this scripture. I looked it up in the dictionary and they believe it means “pause.” As a singer and musician, I understand just how important pauses are. In order to be in perfect sync with my husband when we sing, I must know when he will pause and how long each pause will be. At the end of this Psalm, it calls for a pause. I believe God is asking me to pause and remember His faithfulness the last time this happened. I may have lost things, but never Him, and he is the one who sustains us. I will choose to rest in Him, instead of worrying. I will choose to trust him instead of fearing. I will hang my hope upon the one who “hangs the earth upon nothing.”