the joy of the Lord is my strength

I’ll have to take that by faith over the next few days.

Yesterday morning I put my lads on a plane at SeaTac.

Last night we came home to a house that has had at least one boy in it for the last 24 years.

Today my boys are busy getting ready for their year at BJU, classes commencing next Wednesday. This is the will of God, and I accept it. (I didn’t say I liked it.)

And much remains for us to do here. My wife and I have ministry appointments all day, things that must be done in the work and ministry as we serve the Lord and his people here.

Our psalm last night for prayer meeting was Psalm 31. David is very low in this Psalm:

Psalm 31:9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.

But his trust is in the Lord. Though David expresses a deep complaint, vv. 9-13, he buttresses it on both sides with prayers and confidence in the Lord.

Psalm 31:14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.

Psalm 31:19 How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!

Psalm 31:23 O love the LORD, all you His godly ones! The LORD preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer. 24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.

That’s good therapy for the soul.