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I woke up early this morning with a lot on my mind. Things hadn’t been going the way I expected them to and fear and worry filled my thoughts. I knew I needed to trust God, but I didn’t know how to do that when the bad seemed to outnumber the good. Circumstances were spinning wildly out of control and there didn’t appear to be any way we could help ourselves. And helplessness is a terrible thing to feel.

I opened up my Bible and began to search for wisdom, and to be honest, some comfort as well. I wanted to be reminded that God has this and that we are not alone. I wanted assurance that everything was going to be ok.  As I read God’s word, I kept coming back to Psalm 140:

“I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and 
upholds the cause of the needy.” (Psalm 140:12) 

This is such an encouraging verse, however, I was stuck on the word “poor”. I don’t feel that I am poor in the literal sense… God has always provided for my needs. But, could that verse still be for me? Could I hold onto the promise that God will secure justice for me?

As it turns out, I can.

The “poor” in this context refers to those without resources to affect their deliverance. Simply put, that describes our situation perfectly. In our own strength there is nothing we can do to bring freedom from the circumstances we find ourselves in. Only God can help us.

We need to stand securely upon His promises.

God promises that even though storms will come – some that threaten to shake the foundations of our life, He will stay by our side and help us through. He hears our cries! He will secure justice for the poor and He will uphold the cause of the needy.

“This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; 
he saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6) 

When David faced Goliath, he was small and appeared to be no match for the mighty giant. However, when He placed His faith in the Lord, remembering that the battle was not his, but God’s, victory was found!

And so, just like David, though I am small and seemly no match for our giant, I will remember whose battle it really is. I will not stand on the problems and pains of this life, nor fight in my own strength. Instead, I will stand upon the promises of God! In Him, justice will be secured and victory will be won!

Standing Secure,



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  1. Your post was written for me...our comfort, our strength, our joy is found in Him. Thank you for sharing your heart!

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    1. Yes! Only in and through Him! I'm so glad you were encouraged and may you continue to find strength and joy in Him today!

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  2. It is amazing that God is with us and that he can help us stand firm despite the storms, that we can turn to him for help when we feel weak and helpless! I enjoyed reading your post!

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    1. Hi Lesley! It really is amazing! I am so glad that He cares so much for us that He fights for us! We can always trust His plan. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I like Exodus 14:14, He fights if we are still.

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    1. Yes, the Lord will fight for us! He is the one who will win the victory! Our part, in the stillness, is to pray and pray and pray!

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  4. I am so blessed to read your words today. We are secure in the One who is present and always on our side. Thank you for reminding us that God fights our battles. Blesssings and hugs!

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    1. Hi Mary! I am so grateful that God is always present. When we cry out to Him, we can be assured that He hears us and will come to our rescue! We are never alone!

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  5. Hi Joan, I love the picture you chose for your blog this week. Did you take it? Anyway, your wrote such a beautiful post reminding us to stand strong and secure in the ONE that cares for us. I liked how you dug into the word poor and developed that thought Thank you...We are neighbors at Meg's today

    PS.: if you are looking for another place to link to on Thursday’s I would love if you would consider joining my linkup #TuneInThursday – it opens Thursday 3 am PST and runs through Sunday night. You can find it at debbiekitterman.com/blog

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    1. Hi Debbie! I've had that picture on my computer for as long as I remember! But no, I did not take it. I love pictures of sunrises and sunsets, though... It is so important to remember to stand secure in our Lord, remembering that He fights for us!

      Thanks for the heads up about #TuneInThursdays ! I'll check it out!

      Blessings, Joan

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  6. Amen! With God on our side, we can never be considered "poor". Thank you for the moving post.

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    1. I am so thankful that when I feel helpless, I know that God is actually working on my behalf! We are never alone!

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  7. Hey Joan,

    I'm your neighbor this week over at #HeartEncouragement. I thought I commented last night to your post. But I don't see it here unless it's awaiting approval.

    This is fresh insight on "poor" and I love your context of poor to mean without resources to affect our deliverance. And it reminds me of the beattitudes when Jesus said blessed are the poor in spirit. We really do need a Deliverer! Jesus! (If this is another comment from me, feel free to just use one.) :-)

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    1. Hi Karen! I'm so glad you came back and made a new comment as your previous one didn't come through for some reason!

      Yes - exactly! "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Those who are poor in spirit need Jesus... When we call out to Him, He will hear our prayers and help us. What a blessing that is!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Amen, great post. Your posts definitely seem to be God sent for me at the moment :)
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! I'm so glad to have encouraged you. I love how God can connect people through His word all over the world! Blessings

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  9. Your post reminded me of the folks in remote village who live what some would call poorly. And usually their living stays the same after they become believers and then they will tell you they are rich in the spirit. Poor is being without hope of even ones next meal, or maybe it could be said this way, no place to place ones hope is what poor is. Good post.

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    1. Thank you, Betty! I agree. No matter our station in life and no matter our salary, we are all rich when we have God in the center of our life! He gives us hope and a hope secure!

      Blessings!

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