Journal Entry by Jared Lawson

S – Scripture:  Psalm 81:1-2, 10  NIV
Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre……… I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

O - Observation
This Pslam was often recited at festivals. One of those being the Festival of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23). During this festival, Israel was commanded to take some rest, worship and, for a portion of the festival, live in tents. This was done to celebrate and remember the Israelites being led out of Egypt. The Psalm starts with God being their strength. It was God’s strength that led Israel out of Egypt, fed them in the wilderness and destroyed Egypt’s armies. How they needed God’s strength.   

A - Application
I find it easy to get wrapped in my own strength and because I am not limitless this leads to anxiety, frustration and negative self-talk. When this happens I know I have forgotten God’s promises. I love verse 10 in this Psalm, God wants to take care of me. I need to rely on him, his word, let him be my strength and be obedient. When I do this, the results are better and so is my mental state. 

P - Prayer
Heavenly Father, you are stronger, smarter and wiser than I am. May that be my rest, your love for me and your willingness to be strong for me. Help me to take full advantage of who you are and everything you’ve done even though I am so unworthy.