Friday, June 23, 2017

Oh, the Pain

                          Oh, the Pain
                                      Psalm 25:17,18 
The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

Psalm 25 teaches us to seek God in the hard times. James 1:5-6 is a short summary of Psalm 25. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth  not (without reproach); and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering (not doubting). For he that wavereth (who doubts) is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."

The counsel of James is the need for wisdom in the midst of various trials (James 1:2-3). By faith we are to seek God and His wisdom in our trials because the testing of our faith produces steadfastness. No matter how difficult our trial or the cause, seek the Lord for His wisdom and trust Him to work for our good and His glory.

David, in Psalm 25 is not only overwhelmed with his enemies but he is also seriously troubled inwardly with sorrow of heart. He repeats his complaints to God frequently which shows that David’s trials were not slight but extremely overpowering. David asked for forgiveness of sins to find a remedy for pain and sorrow. We, too, are called to examine our own hearts and to humbly seek reconciliation with God. This is not to say that all trials are the cause or affects of sin.

We are encouraged, through the revelation of God’s Word, to lift our souls to God in prayer that we may find grace and mercy in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” What mercy the Lord offers when He hears our cries even though we may have forgotten Him until our hour of trouble arises.

Lord, I trust You through every trial.

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