There is a phrase which has become important to me: “I need holding.”
Maybe it’s something one of my kids said when they were small; I don’t know. But I often find myself saying it to God.
God says he cares for us as a father cares for his children.
And yes, he holds us, but he doesn’t stop there as a father. He challenges us to do our best, promising he will help us. He saves us when we’re in trouble. How I thank him
Psalm 103:13: As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Psalm 86:5: O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Joshua 1:9: This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged.
For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 41:13: “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”
Lamentations 3:57-58: “You came near when I called you, and you said, ‘Do not fear.’
You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.”
So this is the gift I want to give to my Father:
Psalm 95:1-2: Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.