Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
One of my Haiti teammates is leaving in less than two weeks to go back to Haiti for a long-term mission. Her faithful response to God’s call to go is such a testament to the way she walks with Jesus.
I won’t be in town when she leaves so I won’t be able to see her off, but I’ve been praying for a scripture to share with her before she leaves. I read this Psalm first thing this morning, still half-asleep, and I immediately thought it was for her. When you’re living in a developing country, you need to know that God is continually with you, holding your hand.
But now it’s mid-afternoon on one of those frantic, chaotic, busy days, and now I can clearly see that this verse is for me, too. My flesh and my heart may fail — my life is so blessed, but oh, do I know what it’s like to be confronted with failure. But He is the strength of my heart. As Asaph, the psalmist, writes a few verses later, I have made the Lord God my refuge. He holds my hand.