Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Upheld in Righteousness

 


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10


My Lord, you have promised to protect

Those who submit to your will, who

Follow your precepts, keep your commandments

Praying, praying, praying, not ceasing

Even though we sense human frailties

Will deter us from reaching goals

You have already set for us, perfection

For which we can only hope to achieve

Knowing we can't.  Not without your help.

Calm our fears through your persistent presence

Relieve our dread and dismay in this world

By your Word, your strength, witnessed by faith

Uphold us in your righteous right hand.

Amen!

36 comments:

  1. Thank you Martha for this wonderful, much needed, poem.

    God bless.

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  2. Beautifully written, Martha. And yes, God is with us always, calming our fears, and giving us the faith and strength to carry on, even when the task looks daunting. When we lean into Him, He lifts us up and carries us through the rough places and on to victory! "Never fear! God is here!"

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    1. The key, Pamela, is leaning into Him for the strength, hope and reassurance only God can give. I'm so pleased that this poem spoke to you!
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Amen, Martha! Again, I say amen!

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  4. Martha: This verse helped me through a very lengthy spell with our son. He wasn't able to find work that lasted. He lived with us for quite a few years. But God did allow him to find a good job and excel at it. I had to remain faithful and trust Him.

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    1. Thank you, Cecelia, for sharing your family story here with all of us. My son went through a similar experience, so I can actually identify with what you went through. I never stopped praying, knowing God would act in His good time. Now my son is happily married and has a decent job. To God be the glory!
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Dearest Martha Jane,
    Yes, we certainly ought not to stop praying at these times in history.
    The world is in dire need of a return to prayers and to God!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  6. What lovely encouragement, Martha, from one of my favorite scriptures and accompanied by your reaffirming prayer. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words here, Nancy. I'm glad to know that this is one of your favorite scriptures.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Amen! I love your personal, relatable addendum to Isaiah 41:10.

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    1. Thanks so much, Myra! I'm glad you liked the addendum.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Beautiful Martha Jane. Calm our fears, a good prayer these days. His peace is ours! Blessings to you!

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  9. His peace is ours, indeed, Marja, if we choose to claim it!
    Love and blessings!

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  10. Martha, your poem brings truth and comfort and peace knowing God always upholds us with His righteous right hand. God bless!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem, Karen. Whenever I can touch someone's heart, it gladdens mine!
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Always enjoy your inspirational and enlightening poetry Ms. Martha. Thank you ma'am.

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  12. I love that verse in Isaiah 41. My daily Bible reading has me in Isaiah, and often the chapters are dull. But then I'll come across a verse or chapter like this, and it makes it all worthwhile.

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    1. I'm actually in Isaiah, too, with my Bible reading, Lisa. I agree that much of it is "dry" but then there are gems like this that leap out and grab my full attention.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Amen; and we have the Holy Spirit to help too.

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  14. So beautiful, sweet friend. You are so talented! Many blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Cheryl!
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Have a beautiful day. Regine

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