A little bit of a different post today.
This has been a pretty tough week, all around the world, as we watch the invasion of Ukraine. Friend and CEO of YouVersion (the Bible App), Bobby Gruenwald sent a note about what have been Search Terms on the App that have seen the biggest spikes over the last week. I’m sharing them here because any one of us might be feeling the same searching and it is comforting to know that we are not alone and that God’s Word is the ultimate Search Engine that delivers results whenever we seek them.
- peace: up 12x (1200% increase)
- Psalm 90: up 63x
- fear: up 12x
- war: up 75x
- anxiety: up 8x
- fear not: up 17x
- frightened: up 14x
- protection: up 22x
- psalm: up 22x
- alarmed: up 25x
- hope: up 5x
- prayer: up 2x
- rest: up 15x
- “lie down in peace” (translated from the first phrase in Psalm 4:9): up 29x
- scared: up 17x
Let us pray today for peace in our world, peace and safety for the Ukrainian people, and for peace in our hearts.
Since Psalm 90 has been searched so widely, let’s let it be our prayer for this day.
Lord, through all the generations
you have been our home!
Before the mountains were born,
before you gave birth to the earth and the world,
from beginning to end, you are God.
You turn people back to dust, saying,
“Return to dust, you mortals!”
For you, a thousand years are as a passing day,
as brief as a few night hours.
You sweep people away like dreams that disappear.
They are like grass that springs up in the morning.
In the morning it blooms and flourishes,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
We wither beneath your anger;
we are overwhelmed by your fury.
You spread out our sins before you—
our secret sins—and you see them all.
We live our lives beneath your wrath,
ending our years with a groan.
Seventy years are given to us!
Some even live to eighty.
But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble;
soon they disappear, and we fly away.
Who can comprehend the power of your anger?
Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
so that we may grow in wisdom.
O Lord, come back to us!
How long will you delay?
Take pity on your servants!
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!
Replace the evil years with good.
Let us, your servants, see you work again;
let our children see your glory.
And may the Lord our God show us his approval
and make our efforts successful.
Yes, make our efforts successful!