Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 11-11-2010
Psalm 30:5 – For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Dear Friends-It may not be this morning, or tomorrow morning, but the joy of the Lord will return to your heart and your circumstances will turn around for your good if you continue to seek the Lord. Don’t give up and don’t turn back. You’ve come too far to drop out of the race now, continue to run for the prize. Too much of you has been invested in Him, and He has invested His Son in you. His hand is outstretched still. In His favor is life, and that more abundantly.
Scripture says in Psalms 29:8a – The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness. There will come a day when the sorrow will end. This wilderness experience has been only a season, even if perhaps a prolonged season, for soon the voice of the Lord will be heard in your ears and you will be able to praise Him with a song, though life is not always fair and as humans we struggle to understand really painful situations.
But there are times, beloved, when it hurts so deeply that trusting God is the only way to find life again. The 6th Psalm is a deeply touching Psalm, charged with emotion and a stirring passion for the Lord’s help in overwhelming circumstances. Psalm 6:2-7 – Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long? Return O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? I am weary of my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of mine enemies. We can relate to the human experience in this Psalm. We can identify with being weak, being in physical and emotional pain to the point that we become weary of hearing ourselves groan and complain. And there are the tears, many, many tears. Yes we cry out for mercy sometimes and the heavens seem silent. Sometimes this season is lonely and dark. The long, dark night of the soul seems to never cease, and the heart cries out to God for mercy, for help that can come only from Him. There can be such a turmoil going on inside and out, fightings and fears, cares and concerns, that it seems almost like a smothering sensation. We can only glance toward the heavens and meekly ask, “How long, Lord, when will you come and rescue your child?” We even feel as if we might die in the very pit that has become our existence so we feel we must remind Him that the grave cannot praise Him, in case He somehow forgot that?
How often have you found yourselves in that very predicament. You see we’d like to think that once we come to Christ, once we ask Jesus into our hearts and choose to live for Him, that life will somehow be mountaintop experiences from that day forward. Friends, I can only speak from my own personal experience when I tell you it is not a mountaintop experience all the way, but when He takes you to the mountaintop there’s nothing else like it in the world. But choosing between living life with God or living life without God, I’d rather have God by my side every step of the way. For once the weeping has ended and His joy comes in the morning, there is no experience that compares to that. The more life hurts, the more I’ve learned to lean on Him and trust Him. In the face of failure I submit all the more and allow Him to get the glory, allow Him to use for good what the enemy meant for evil. When pain and rejection become more than I can bear I am reminded of Jesus, and what He suffered so man wouldn’t have to. For scripture says in Isaiah 53:3-6 – He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. What a beautiful Savior!
Scripture says in Psalm 5:12 – For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield (or crown him). If you have asked Jesus into your heart and made Him the Lord of your life, then you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. This scripture is speaking words of healing and encouragement to you. The journey may seem long but He is with you all the way. When you can no longer walk, He will lovingly carry you. When you can no longer speak, can no longer find words to even pray, He knows your heart and holds you that much closer. For scripture says in Isaiah 54:10-11 – For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. To feel afflicted with no comfort, tossed like the waves of the sea, behold, your foundation is being laid with sapphires. That’s reason to celebrate!
So in the most painful times of life, think of Jesus and what He did for us because He loves us unconditionally and eternally. I can’t understand it sometimes, such a great love and willing sacrifice. Surely this is mercy and grace in its most basic and purest form. One can’t dress it up. The cross experience was ugly. Yet His sacrifice for us is just that, the Supreme Sacrifice. One can’t try to do good works, maybe to tip the scales in their favor once in a while. Nope, the gift is free, we have only to receive it. Believe it and receive it, it’s a life-changing decision.
So no matter what you are facing today, take it to the Lord, cast the care of it onto Him, and know that because of His mercy on you His kindness will not leave you and His peace shall not be removed. They’re yours if you can only believe. Life will throw curves on a good day, it will get really ugly and painful on a bad day, and the bottom may drop out, but underneath are the Everlasting Arms. Trust them today and find healing for your soul. Scripture says in Psalms 29:11- The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. I pray He blesses each of you this day.
In His Love,
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