This entry was written a number of years ago while mediating a serious conflict on one of our teams.
Psalm 36:7b “Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
[Lord, I come to you to find refuge, to find hope and help in the shadow of your mighty, protecting wings. In every situation, I choose with Habakkuk to, “rejoice in the LORD, to be joyful in God my Savior” (3:18). There is no other source of help, there is no other refuge, there is no other way.
“The Sovereign LORD is my strength;”
[You, Lord, are awesomely powerful, while I am amazingly weak–powerless and frustrated in many situations. I cannot get people to budge from their destructive, self-defensive positions. Only you can do this Lord; you are my strength, making up for my lack. And I chose to join your strength through prayer.]
“…he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”
[Lord, help me to stay stable, to be able to move ahead, to climb these intimidating heights, to be obedient to the Truth that you have given us. May you be God in the difficult situation before me. Answer my pleas according to your righteousness, according to your wisdom, to your graciousness, to your Love.
For the sake of your Name, for the sake of your church, for the sake of your glory, please intervene. Bring us all to our knees, to see our sin, to be humble before you, to be broken, to stop trusting in ourselves and to start listening to you. Bring the breakthroughs needed, Lord. I thank you now for what you will do. Help me to leave this with you, to rest in you, to be content in you, Lord.
Praise be to you, Lord, for your consistent guidance and direction. I praise you, Heavenly Father, that you are my Rock and Refuge, that you, Lord Jesus, are my Shepherd and Salvation, that you, Holy Spirit, are my Guide and Teacher. According to your plan you will lead me through this disquieting, distressing time.
Praise you, Lord Jesus that you are the Way, the Truth, the Life, and that you unswervingly, unendingly, unchangingly are at work drawing us on to doing what is right and good and positive. Please move us all forward through this time of trouble. I praise you, Lord, for what you are doing and what you will do, you who are my Fortress, my Salvation, and my Stronghold.