“I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I implore You, deliver my soul!” Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.”
Psalms 116:1-6 NKJV
I love reading through the Psalms, as they are like God’s prescription plan for the troubled heart. Many days and sleepless nights I have resorted to the many verses for some relief from the burdens that can so encumber me, and make me weary. I am reminded by my gracious God, that He is beyond and above all that I may suffer. He is my source of hope, even when life seems hopeless.
This morning I encountered one of my favorites, in Psalm 116. This is a Psalm that I spent a good amount of time poring over when I had cancer in 2004. It had been pointed out to me by Pastor Dan Hayton, when he called me during my “retreat” at the May Clinic. It was early in my journey, and I was still very much overwhelmed.
During that season of refinement, God repeated His message of His faithfulness. “I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, ” He was there day in an out, hearing my cries. I never once felt abandoned by the Lord. In His strength, I was able to survive.
“This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
Psalms 34:6-8 NKJV
In that moment of trial I tasted and I saw! The Lord is good!
This could be a very difficult week for the United States, as we await the verdict in the Floyd case. Minneapolis is boarded up, as if awaiting a hurricane, and guardsmen are everywhere.
There is heightened tension throughout the land, as people are overwhelmed. This has been a very long year since the beginning of the pandemic, and people are becoming fatigued.
It is easy to feel completely overwhelmed by all that is happening, and many feel hopeless. If ever there was a time to remember the faithfulness of God, it is now. I think we forget the eternal nature of God.
We can deceive ourselves into thinking that our problems and our times, are somehow beyond the sovereignty of God. We do not run to Him, as we fail to realize that there is nothing new to God, as there is nothing new under the sun.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, run to Jesus! He is there to hear your prayers, and He is in Heaven interceding on your behalf. He will hear you and respond to your petitions. He will give you peace. He is a God of blessing, who loves his saints.
There are those who have lost loved ones, even as recently as yesterday. God sees you, He feels your pain, and He mourns with you.
“I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows to the LORD Now in the presence of all His people. Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.”
Psalms 116:13-15 NKJV
Know this, Christy, Jesus has overcome the grave.
“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
I Thessalonians 4:15-18 NKJV
My brothers and sisters, we have a Savior in Jesus who loves us so much that He laid aside His glory to come and live as one of us. He went to the cross to pay a sin debt He did not owe, that we be forgiven of a sin debt we could not pay. He faced the same struggles of the world, and overcame. Cling to Him today.
Be in prayer for the Eichelbergers as the Lord brings them to mind. Kevin has gone to be with Jesus.
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