Sometimes we get in trouble. Maybe we have disobeyed God. Maybe we have rebelled against Him. Perhaps, we have been stubborn and stiffnecked. Regardless, we find ourselves in trouble. And a funny thing happens… We move away from God. We move away from the One who cares most for us. We are like Adam and Eve in the Garden, foolishly hiding ourselves from the All-Knowing Creator of you and me. He knows us. And today He asks you and I, “where are you?”
The enemy enjoys tormenting us when we have gotten ourselves in trouble. He tells us that we have failed and God won’t accept us back. He says, “And you’re supposed to be a Christian! You are not worthy to be called a Christian.” Nevermind the fact that we were not “worthy” when Jesus died for us. Never mind the fact that God chose to save us anyway. Never mind the fact that God foresaw the mistakes we would make. Never mind the fact that He has given us a provision of grace and mercy to overcome those things which so easily beset us. No. Never mind those things.
Psalm 31 is a about a man dealing with the consequences of his iniquity. In the first half of the Psalm, David asks for the Lord‘s speedy deliverance and seeks after God to restore him from his fallen state. He begins to praise God, seeing that God has not allowed him to be overcome by his enemy. The Psalm ends with these words:
“Blessed be the Lord: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:22-24 KJV)
Whatever happens, never let go of God’s hands. Sometimes we have to pray, “Lord, I need you to hold on to me because I don’t know how long I can hold on.” God hears our prayers when we cry to Him. He will lift us up and bring us out. If you are in trouble move towards God and not away from Him. After all, why should we move away from the One who has promised us His love, mercy, and comfort? Let us be wise to humble ourselves in His presence so that He may lift us up in due time.
- The Blessedness of Forgiveness Psalm 32 (loopyloo305.com)
- Phil Cross – You Do Not Owe Me (javaman56.wordpress.com)
- Confessions… of a sinner: A Sermon (therevandtheboys.wordpress.com)