To You, O LORD, I Lift Up My Soul

To You, O LORD, I Lift Up My Soul

To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. — Psalm 25:1–2 NKJV

Years ago, my husband and I traveled from Grand Junction, Colorado, toward Texas. Dark clouds hung over us for miles. Just north of the Colorado/New Mexico border, the clouds unleashed their fury.

With windshield wipers on high, our car approached an 18-wheeler merging onto the freeway. Neck–and–neck with the beast, our car hydroplaned. We’re going to die.

As my husband attempted to gain control, I pushed my hands toward the dash, hitting the gear shift into neutral. The car settled.

“I’ve got it,” my husband said. He shifted the car into drive, and we continued down the road. Neither of us said a word.

Ten or fifteen minutes later, we crossed the border into New Mexico. A remote gas station beckoned us to stop.

While my husband filled the tank, I stepped inside. When I stopped at the bathroom mirror, my pale, frightened face stared back. Although the near–accident was behind us, we weren’t out of danger. The storm raged, and miles of desert highway spread between us and our hotel room in Texas.

As the sun set and the skies dumped, my fear grew. Each time we met oncoming headlights, I prayed. Lord, please protect us. Each time we hit high water, I pleaded. Please don’t let us die. And each time lightning struck in the distance, I petitioned. Please get us to the hotel safely.

And He did.

Recently, I read Psalm 25 and jotted down the first two verses. “To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me.”

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Who are my enemies?

Not who but what.

Fear.

By defining my enemy, the verses took on new meaning. “To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You. Let me not be ashamed. Let not fear triumph over me.”

Are you struggling with fear?

Let me pray for you.

Lord, I pray for this woman. You know her heart, You know her fears. May she trust You. Let her not be ashamed, and let not fear triumph over her. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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About Hope for the Valley

Hope for the Valley is the ministry God has entrusted to J.K. Stewart—wife, breast cancer survivor, and follower of Jesus Christ. Soon after her diagnosis, she started a women’s cancer support group. Two years later, she launched Hope for the Valley, a website of devotions and prayers for women with cancer. J.K. lives in Texas with her husband, dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s either studying her Bible, walking her dog, or vacuuming pet hair. Connect with her and the ministry of Hope for the Valley on FacebookTwitter, or Google+.