Verse for Today: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Psalms 77:2 – When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.
It is not unusual that God’s servants fall into distress in difficult circumstances. But the secret of getting out of distress and misery is to seek the Lord at the right time. When our hands stretch out to Him for help and when we refuse to be comforted in the ways of the world, our Lord comes to strengthen us. When we have sleepless nights because of difficulties, our Lord comes to give us songs in the night. These songs are the heart cry of our souls unto Him. Perhaps no one else in this world knows the pain and agony that we are going through. There are situations and concerns in our lives that others are unable to understand in its full gravity. There are pressures in our souls that we are unable to share with others. We often meet people who find fault with us for our distress because they are unable to understand us or that we are unable to express our true feelings and burdens to them. But our Lord knows us, our burdens and cares well and comes to comfort and deliver us. When we stretch our hands out to Him, He comes to hold our hands and put His hands in ours. He reassures us that He is with us and will walk with us as we go through waters and fire. He will cover us lest we get engulfed by the storms and the waves or burned in fires of life. He will keep our hands from getting tired of stretching out to Him for help. In our distress, He will fill us with His hope and peace. The same grace and strength that He gave to His servants like Asaph and David will be given to us also today in our difficult situations to give us release and relief as we take steps of faith in our sojourn.
Dear reader, are you facing distress and hopelessness in life today? Is your situation trying to pluck you out of the ground? Are unfavorable wind and waves beating against you to devastate your life? But there is a place to go to and a person to seek after in times of distress and disturbance. Our Lord is waiting for us to go to Him in our difficulties and cry unto Him. When He sees our tears, His heart will melt for us. When He finds heavy burden on our shoulders, He will come to lift it up. He will have compassion on us because of our plight and will comfort and encourage us. He is willing to take away our daily sorrows, misery and stress and lighten our load. He will turn our dark nights into starry nights of music and melodies filled with praise. The songs which came out of distress in the life of Asaph, David and the sons of Korah show their faith in the Lord as He gave them relief and comfort. He gave the same comfort to Daniel in the Lion’s den, the Hebrew boys in the furnace, Paul during the shipwreck and the disciples during the storms. Joseph had relief and peace when he was in the hopeless pit and dungeon and gave him victory in the wake of temptation. He touched the lonely John in Patmos and gave him hope through revelation of His glory. He is near us today and travels with us in our dark nights of distress to restore our broken hearts and comfort our weary minds and fill us with His hope to keep going.
Psalms 32:7 – You are my hiding-place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Thought for Today
Songs of tears are the antidote to distress to deliver us from our misery.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me to find peace, hope and rest in You during my times of distress as I cry unto you with stretched out hands. Amen!
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