A Mantra for the Fighter

A Mantra for the Fighter

“The LORD is my strength and shield.
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” – Psalm 28:7

At the beginning of the year, we decided that we would pick a verse for my 5 year old son to memorize as a gift for each member of our family’s birthdays. In the middle of February, we picked a verse for my husband’s birthday on March 14th. Because my daughter was born less than a week before my husband, we only had one week to memorize his verse. So, my son and I spent the last week practicing Psalm 28:7 to present to his daddy on his birthday.

And God has had a poignant message for me with the timing of this verse and the crazy events that have passed this week with the Coronavirus in the United States. His Word has rung true for me and I wanted to share that with you too.

During this time, I encourage you to memorize this verse, too! It’s through the repetition that I have found the most profound change occur. When I work on this verse with my son, I can literally feel the anxiety wash away a bit. I’ve even started repeating it to myself in times of heightened fear.

The Lord is my strength and shield.

God is stronger than you or I could ever be. He is bigger than this and He can do all things. With Him nothing is impossible! When I say this out loud, I am declaring that my God is bigger and stronger than the Coronavirus, the US economy and my fears. That’s a bold declaration and one that the enemy does not like to hear.

I trust Him with all my heart.

What would happen if we actually believed this? I’ve seen it within myself to become true in my heart the more I say this portion of the verse out loud. If there’s a part of this verse that stills my heart the most, it’s this part. Let’s declare this together and see how saying it out loud actually gets us closer to truly surrender to Him.

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.

Every time I say this, I am reminded of all the things the Lord has done in my life that have helped me or blessed me. I am flooded with the memories of all the times that He showed up to help me or hold me up in big ways and little. It’s impossible to deny His love for us when we take a moment to acknowledge all He has already done in our lives to help us.

I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

This is a natural reaction to the last line – joy and thanksgiving. This, I believe, is what will set those who trust in His sovereignty apart during this tumultuous time of uncertainty. When our reaction is joy and gratitude, instead of falling victim to fear, we have the chance to help others as they process the emotions during this time.

Trusting His sovereignty does not mean that fear goes away. This world is going to be scary no matter what. It does, however, sustain you with a supernatural courage and peace to make it through.

So, let’s make this our declaration – our mantra – together.

When you know with all your heart that God is bigger and stronger, when you choose to trust in Him, and when you acknowledge that He has already done so much for you… the natural reaction in your heart is joy and gratitude. In a time where fear is all around, we have an opportunity to declare His goodness and choose thanksgiving and joy… and spread His love in a scary, uncertain world. Let’s take it.

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