When we experience difficulties, we must try to remember that we can always find comfort and peace by meditating upon God’s Holy scriptures and spending time “talking” to God. When we become disappointed or discouraged because of the actions of others, or when we are facing unusual or challenging health or circumstances in life, our faith leads us to rely upon the very word that we are obedient to and follow as our guide and direction in life. The following are but a few more of the many:
19th Psalm: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the expanse shows the work of His hands…The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, (even fine gold); sweeter also than honey and the drops of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them your servant is warned and in keeping them there is great reward…Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
111th Psalm: Hallelujah! Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright and in the assembly of the congregation…The works of the LORD are great, sought out and studied by all who delight in them. His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful acts to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion…The works of His hands are truth, faithfulness, and justice; all his precepts are sure – are trustworthy. They are upheld forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and Awesome is His name. Reverence for the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have those who do His commands; His praise endures forever.
1st John 1:7: But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Our God and Savior is a Loving, Powerful, Awesome, Majestic, Just, and Wonderful LORD!
It is so wonderful that during times of difficulty, regardless of the reasons, we can find great comfort in scripture. Usually, we think of the 23rd Psalm in those times of distress, anxiety, sorrow, or uncertainty.
“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (NKJV)
David, of course, was expressing his total reliance upon God for the peace and solace that he needed at a very difficult time in his life. He also expressed a trust that God would take care of him - no matter what - and that God would reward him for faithfulness.
This truth was affirmed by Jesus in His words to His disciples, recorded in John 14:1-4:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (NKJV)
So, when you’re feeling overwhelmed or distressed, or just need some reassurance, meditate on these words. Remember this - God has promised to reward all those who remain obediently faithful to Him (Rev. 2:10)
We pray that God will continue to bless us as we do our very best to live our life for Him!
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