You are my portion, O Lord;
I have said that I would keep Your words.
I entreated Your favor with my whole heart;
Be merciful to me according to Your word.
I thought about my ways,
And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
I made haste, and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
The cords of the wicked have bound me,
But I have not forgotten Your law.
At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You,
Because of Your righteous judgments.
I am a companion of all who fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.
The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy;
Teach me Your statutes.
“The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy…” It’s easy for me to forget that sometimes. Those times when my attention gets caught on all that is going wrong in the world, it is all too easy for me to hyper-focus on that and start down the anxiety spiral. But what if I focused on the mercies of God that I see around me instead? Because when I bring them into my focus, I am overwhelmed by all the beautiful ways God has shown Himself merciful in this world. These earthly echoes of the glorious God in heaven are wonderful reminders of His presence, His attention given to His creation (Mt.6:25-31), the boundaries He has set on nature for our protection (Job 38:8-11), and so much more. Then beyond this, I see the merciful acts of those following after God’s precepts and Christ’s example. I have seen needs met, heartbreaks comforted, accomplishments celebrated, burdens shared. I have had people do all of these things for me, and I have been blessed to be able to do the same for others as well. To reference the popular hymn, I believe that the next time I feel anxiety welling up in me, I will stop and “Count His many mercies (to) see what God has done.”