O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry. Psalm 88 NKJV
In this dark Psalm the author described the calamities that threatened his life. He began by declaring the Lord is the God of his salvation. He cried out to the Lord in faith. He believed God heard his prayer. He worshipped feared and trusted God. Why is the Psalm so dark?
The bible instructs us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Jesus wants us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. He wants us to be the proof of the good and acceptable perfect will of God.
The Christian life is described as both a race and a fight. We complete the race that is set before us and win the good fight of faith on the battle field of our minds!
I enlisted in the Marines. Our first run was four laps around a track at our own pace. Half way around the track I started walking. A drill instructed yelled at me. He said I would never make it through boot camp. He said I would be sent home in disgrace.
Three months later I ran 9.3 miles. I enjoyed every second of that run. What changed?
I trained my body. I took control of my thought life. But it was Jesus who got me though boot camp. It was Jesus who healed my body from years of drug and alcohol abuse. Jesus trained my mind and body for physical and spiritual warfare!
For my soul is full of troubles, And my life draws near the grave. I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength, Adrift among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom you remember no more, And who are cut off from Your hand. Vs 3-5
The Psalmist never appears to remember the Lord. He does not come back from the brink of despair. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it. Jesus is 100% for us. He never forgets us. Jesus will never leave us or turn His back on us!
Be transformed by renewing of your mind. Jesus is the God of your salvation. You can cry out to Him in prayer. Jesus will incline His ear to hear your prayer. Jesus is for you and not against you. Jesus will never ever leave you or turn His back on you!
Maybe you feel like you are losing the spiritual battle to complete the race Jesus set before you. Maybe the darkness of despair has come upon you. Do not camp there. The Lord Jesus Christ is with you on your walk of faith. He will fight your battles for you!
Look up when the darkness of despair descends upon you. Remember the Lord high and lifted-up. The train of His robe covers all of creation. The is no power of darkness that can prosper in opposition to Him. The Lord is righteous and holy and good in all His ways and He loves you!
Take your thoughts captive to the obedience to Christ. Jesus will train you to fight the spiritual war that is raging all around!
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