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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Putting into words

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I walk before the Lord in the land of the living. ~ Psalm 116:1-9

When have you felt that you have been saved by God?

I'm not talking about ultimate salvation. I'm talking about a time when your back was up against the wall, and you were just hoping the wall was going to hold out!

And when it overwhelming relief came over you.

What did that feel like? Where was God in that moment?

What were your emotions like it that moment?

Did love engulf you?

And what did you say about it?

I love the Psalms. They are perfect summations of human emotion - anger, fear, worry, joy, love - and the place where God meets us in those emotions.

The Psalmist puts into words the feeling that happens through an encounter with God.

What words would you use?

May the words of my mouth be pleasing to you, O Lord. Amen

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