My Hope and Strength

Mind spinning.
Emotions spilling.
Effects of all on my body.
YouTube playing the book of Jeremiah in the background.

The YouVersion VOTD (Verse of the Day) for Friday is one that stirred my soul. It reads, and this is in the Easy to Read Version, “God is the One who saves me. I trust Him, and I am not afraid. The Lord YAH (or Yahweh) is my strength. He saves me, and I sing songs of praise about Him [Isaiah 12:2].”

One of my favorite things about the YouVersion app (well, there are several…) is the ability to compare how differently (or different points) certain translations might pick up on.

For The Passion Translation, it adds to Psalm 23:1 by adding “my best friend” so that the text reads: “The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I have more than enough.”

Now that translation isn’t available for most of the Old Testament. But, we need Bible apps that help us fall in love with our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ!
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I need the reminder that we are not walking on this journey alone. Tonight, I have been thinking about my loneliness and mental health. I need to remember my Best Friend will SAVE me! My Lord will see me through this difficult night.

He is my salvation. With Him leading me and walking beside me, I can trust and not be afraid. I can take it one step at a time, and keep walking toward my King.. our King no matter what is going on in our lives.

We have this blessed hope, because the saving power we find through Jesus Christ and His painful sacrifice. He took on all our punishment for sin, so we can experience new life through His resurrection. This is not a fading hope.

It doesn’t matter how bad this world or pandemic becomes, because this is an eternal hope we hold in our hearts. What will we do with this hope?

May we be like these in the following quote taken from a commentary (The Bible Panorama) –

“When this happens, God’s anger will be turned away, and the nation of Israel, as one person, will praise Him for His salvation. Joyfully Israel will praise the God who has comforted and saved her.”


So may He be our strength regardless of the kind of day we may be having. May He forever be our source of comfort, hope, and salvation!

By Gracefully Overcoming

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