"To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let
my enemies triumph over me."
What is it to “lift up” a soul? How do we trust when the story of our lives isn’t written as we had hoped? How does one seek grace when life is unraveling at the edges? These beautiful verses instruct us to ask. Ask… simply ask God. That’s how we lift up our souls. We approach the God who made us and loves us as a little child comes to mommy or daddy for comfort and help. We come utterly despondent and implicitly trusting.
Most days the “enemy” that is fighting against me is cancer. You may know the enemy of financial ruin, of broken families, of depression, of shame, of fill-in-the-blank. As my moments become more painful with cancer, I ask God to teach my soul to walk my hard steps with grace. I ask God to show me His gracious ways even in the depths of despair. Then I trust. I trust Him in His sovereign goodness to lead me intentionally and gently into my future with Him at my side.
Emmanuel – God with us – is
with you too, in whatever situation you are facing. Lift up your weary soul to Him!
About the writer:
Kara Tippetts and her husband Jason live in Colorado Springs where they are church planters. They have four children, ages 5-13, and they all enjoy reading together before bed each night. At the time of this publication she is in stage 4 of metastatic cancer, leaning hard on the Lord to see her through. She recently wrote a book, The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard, published by David C. Cook. Kara co-authored this Anchor with our editor Kathy Daane.
POUR OUT YOUR AGONIES TO JESUS IN PRAYER TODAY. HE IS NOT UNAWARE OF YOUR PAIN, AND HE WILL FAITHFULLY