It’s Salvation Sunday! The day I share encouragement I’ve received from God’s Word, the Holy Bible. I’ll understand if you skip these posts but hope that you’ll try it out and keep an open mind. Thanks for your consideration!
Recently, I’ve been reading the Psalms as a part of my regular Bible reading. Most are written by David. In them he shares his prayers to God while he is going through a multitude of troubles. He is betrayed by his best friend, hunted down by Saul (the king who he was to replace), mocked by mobs of observers, dealing with the repercussions of his sin in taking Bathsheba and much more. Some of these were his own doing, most however were not. Throughout the Psalms he calls out to God to act on his behalf, like in Psalms 57 verse 1 when he is hiding in a cave after fleeing Saul.
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
Throughout the Psalms, he consistently goes to God when he is facing a storm in his life. He calls out to Him whether he be fearful, angry, confounded, heart-broken, discouraged, or in despair. God doesn’t require us to only speak to Him from some holy state of being. He wants to hear from us and know us whatever we’re feeling.
God knows that we will have troubles. In Psalms 34 verse 19 it states, “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.” Jesus said the same thing shortly before going up to the cross in John 16 verse 33.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
So what are we to do when we are in the middle of the storm? Pray to God for refuge and deliverance. Even when the storm lingers, even when it’s of your own doing, even if you feel angry or sad or weary. In Psalms 34 verse 18, David says,
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Salvation from the storm may not come immediately. There may be times where we are called to weather the storm. A storm where we can’t see the end. In Psalms 30 verse 5 David shares,
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
So be encouraged! A new day will dawn, morning will come, the storm will end! And on that day, I hope that you will be like David in Psalms 34 verse 6 and acknowledge the works of God and his faithfulness.
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; He saved me from all my troubles.
As always, if you would like me to pray with you or would simply like to know more about the man who raised the dead, heals the sick and calmed the storm, please send me a message on the Contact page. God bless!