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      Psalm 119:25-32 (NKJV)

      My soul clings to the dust;
      Revive me according to Your word.
      I have declared my ways, and You answered me;
      Teach me Your statutes.
      Make me understand the way of Your precepts;
      So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
      My soul melts from heaviness;
      Strengthen me according to Your word.
      Remove from me the way of lying,
      And grant me Your law graciously.
      I have chosen the way of truth;
      Your judgments I have laid before me.
      I cling to Your testimonies;
      O Lord, do not put me to shame!
      I will run the course of Your commandments,
      For You shall enlarge my heart.

      As I read through this passage, these words jumped off the page to me – “I have chosen the way of truth.” When I think about my walk with anxiety, I can see the deception inherent in it – the half-truths (“I am not strong enough to handle that” – leaving out the most important word “ALONE”), the twists on reality (“I was so nervous in that conversation; they must think I’m an idiot!”), the outright lies (“I can know and control what lies ahead”). But if my anxiety has proven itself to be such an unreliable witness in the past, why do I find myself continuing to be so willing to believe it? Even in situations where there is truth to be found in my anxious thoughts, the solutions they offer are far from helpful in finding a good resolution.

      So, again, I find myself drawn to the statement made here – “I have chosen the way of truth.” When anxiety’s voice begins to speak into my mind, I choose the way of truth. I choose to hear its assertions with a discerning ear and to lay it beside those things I know to be true – my God and His word. I choose the way of truth because I know my companions on that road can and will help me see truth when I am blinded to it myself. I choose the way of truth because even if the complete and specific answer that I am longing for is not available to me right now, I know that as long as I stay on that path I will reach the point where either the answers are clear or no longer matter. I choose the way of truth because that is where God is.

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