I cried out to God with my voice-To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah Psalm 77:1-3 NKJV
The Psalmist shares his struggle to trust God. He does not pretend to be a man of mighty faith. He exposes himself as a man of such little faith he must grasp a lifeline to pull himself out of desperation.
The Psalmist does not find salvation in strength wisdom or even faith. His salvation is found in the mighty God of his little faith!
My insecurities led me into drug addiction alcoholism and immorality at a very young age. I was lost before I could figure out who I was.
In 1977 my grandfather asked me to attend a charismatic encounter. I left feeling like God spoke to me. A spark of faith was ignited within my heart.
I went home and resumed my sinful living. And yet I was never quite the same. I felt like I was caught up in a battle between good and evil. Only I could choose the victor!
In 1993 I gave my life to the Lord. God spoke to me again. He said; “My hand has always been upon you.” He was with me during the years of struggle for my heart and soul. The Battle was His. He was victorious!
The Psalmist describes a season of feeling alone and abandoned by God. Have you ever felt alone and abandoned by God?
When he is overcome with desperation and hopelessness the Psalmist looks back to God’s revelation of love blessing and protection. What will it take for you to overcome feelings of desperation and hopelessness when they come upon you?
I do not pretend to be a man of great faith. I am a man of faith in a great God. How about you? Is your faith great and mighty or is it the object of your faith that is great and mighty?
Selah means stop or rest. God wants us to learn how to rest our minds and bodies when we are suffering. It is when we are the most vulnerable.
The Psalmist is not describing a struggle that came before salvation. He was already a believer. Your trials and struggles do not mean you are not saved. They mean you are human!
You will not find deliverance in strength wisdom or resources. Cry out to God in the day of your trouble. Remember His revelation of love blessing and protection. The Lord offers comfort at all hours of the day and night. Let Jesus comfort your troubled heart!
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