“Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.” - 1 Peter 5:7
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It always has a calming effect on me, reminding me that I don’t have to worry (though I often do) about anything because God can and will take away all of my fears and my sorrow. It’s so comforting to know that God loves us so much. As a child, we learned a song in Sunday school about this verse and I am always reminded of it when I read this passage. One line from the song says, “Higher, higher, lift Jesus higher, higher.” This makes me think about the glory of God and how much he deserves our praise and adoration.
As a I am writing this, I am reflecting on the Easter holiday, which is almost upon us—although when you read this, it will be just over, but hopefully still fresh in your minds. The passage from Psalm 16 seems to fit very well with my current mood and I also find it uplifting and encouraging when life seems to be swirling around me, to know that God “will not abandon me to the grave.” This passage reminds me of how amazing God is and how he truly does fill me with joy.
This passage talks about how we should praise God because he will always be there for us and take care of us. “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup.” God takes such good care of us. He comforts us and shelters us and, more than that, he gave us the greatest gift of all through the sacrifice of his Son. What an amazing gift. This brings me back to the current mood of Easter. Christ suffered so much on the cross, as did his Father in heaven, watching his Son die in such a way. We did nothing to deserve this gift and we will never be deserving of it, yet we have been given it freely, and all we have to do is love and trust God. It is so amazing to think about that. I think that, while this incredible gift of everlasting life is fresh in our minds, we should remember to thank God for it and to “lift Jesus higher, higher.”