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When Joy Is Hijacked, a Psalm Uncovers Our Excuses

Why do we make excuses for sorrow and discouragement? Why do we make room for our joy to be hijacked by the cruelty of this world? A Psalm can explain.

Psalm 103, verses 1 through 6 proclaim that we bless the Lord’s name. It admonishes us to remember all his benefits: the forgiveness of our iniquities, the healing of our diseases, the redemption of our life from destruction, the crowning of our heads with loving-kindness and tender mercies. The Lord is enough to satisfy my mouth with good things and my youth has been renewed like the eagle’s.

And finally the caveat that spoke to me, considering all I’ve pondered this month, is found in verse 6 of Psalm 103:

“The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”

Only God can provide the infusion of strength I’ve experienced this month as I’ve launched into what I call a reset: a renewal of my mind, a deliberate transformation, a willing surrender.

My days are as grass. I could flourish as a flower in the field one day but when the wind passes over, I will be gone. And that place will know me no more.


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12 comments

  • Janyre Tromp November 17, 2017   Reply →

    ” The Lord is enough to satisfy my mouth with good things and my youth has been renewed like the eagle‚Äôs.” Apparently God wants me to remember these verses. I was just praying this morning to run and not grow weary. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Coming to you from FMF #29 this week.

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega November 17, 2017   Reply →

      Thanks, Janyre, for stopping by to read. I am glad you’re encouraged.

  • SUSAN November 17, 2017   Reply →

    My friend, TammyLMasburn.com has been writing about willing surrender. Glad I dropped by. Neighbors at FMF.

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega November 17, 2017   Reply →

      Glad you dropped by too, Susan. I will take a look at her blog…Thanks!

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser November 17, 2017   Reply →

    You said this so beautifully, Erendira, and the Psalm you chose was exactly right. Thank you – this post is a gift.

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega November 17, 2017   Reply →

      Thank you, Andrew!

  • Jeanne Takenaka November 17, 2017   Reply →

    Beautiful post, Erendira. I really like Psalm 103. And your words about a willing surrender . . . they pinged in my heart. I’ve begun thinking on surrender lately. May our Father continue to renew and refresh and transform you!

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega November 17, 2017   Reply →

      Thank you for your sweet wishes for me, Jeanne. I appreciate you!

  • Anita Ojeda November 26, 2017   Reply →

    I’ve been studying the Psalms for almost a year now…I’m on 119. I’ve so enjoyed savoring each one. May God continue to infuse you with strength as you make changes in your life!

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega November 26, 2017   Reply →

      Wow, the lengthiest one there! Great job, Anita. I’m thankful for His precious word. I hope to read all the Psalms too. May God continue to bless your efforts to draw nearer to Him!

  • Emily Conrad December 2, 2017   Reply →

    I love Psalm 103, too! I memorized it once, and I really ought to brush up on it again. Thanks for sharing from it!

    • Erendira Ramirez-Ortega December 2, 2017   Reply →

      Wow, Emily! That is so marvelous…God’s word is such a sweet balm to the soul! Thank you!

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