~Psalm 138:3 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. (Psa 138:8 ) In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
~Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
When you focus on the day’s problems rather than counting the blessings God has already given, you can’t help but experience drama in your life. Drama leads to discouragement and dark thinking. A person who is discouraged, does not spend the time that is so desperately needed in God’s Word. Christian, don’t you see that it’s counter productive to stay away from the Bible? Consider it “supply and demand” but in reverse. The more your trials are demanding of you, the more you must go to your Supplier!
David knew from where his help came. He did not wait until he had reached the pits of discouragement. He knew that God would perfect him – whether the days were good or whether the days were filled with turbulence! God is an active God, my friend – He doesn’t stop working in our lives. He doesn’t stand still in His work in us. Notice that Psalm 138:8 says that God will perfect that which concerns you. This is in the future tense. It is an on-going effort by the One who created you. Who knows you better than Him? He can and will bring your through any difficult time but only if you allow Him.
Some people like to stay in their “mess,” if you will. They may not admit it, but it is an attempt to draw attention to themselves. They want the pity – they want the attention! 😳 But that is not Christ-like … in fact, it is quite the opposite of what Christ was trying to teach us. We are to esteem others more than ourselves (Philippians 2:3), right? That is what Jesus did and that’s what we should practice!
Adrift upon life’s stormy billows,
True despair sets in as darkness falls.
The tempest raging, days turn to night.
Can peace be found amidst it all?
My heart is discouraged, my eyes dim.
It is exhausting to seek the cure.
But I know that His Word is my salve.
Its healing and peace is assured.
A glimmer of hope, Oh soul rejoice!
The Shepherd’s hand wipes away my tears.
Each drop replaced with His light and peace,
His perfect Love casteth out all fears!
August 15, 2006