Where else can I take refuge in this world today? People, no matter how good they are, no matter how honorable their hearts and intentions - people will let you down. Houses and lands can be take away. Jobs can dissolve. Money is not secure. Only the Lord never changes.
"...for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Free me from the trap that is set for me ..."
God has already been where we are going. If only we would learn to trust Him - really trust Him. Let Him be our guide and lead us thru it all.
vv. 7 - 8 ... "I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place."
Each one of us has a different affliction. Something that is truly anguish to our souls. Take heart - God knows. God sees. God hears. And in His time - he will set our feet in a spacious place. We get frustrated and begin to think that God has forgotten us because we watch our clocks and calendars too closely. We ought to be seeking His face. His time is not the same as ours.
God showed me something ... He does not expect us to walk a tightrope. And He is not waiting for us to fall off either. He has given us a wide road to walk. Yes, the road has ditches and even potholes. But ... He is not rejoicing if we stumble and/or fall. He WANTS us to walk and live in victory and joy.
vv. 9 - 13 ... How many times have I prayed these words in the midnight hours, while the hot sun was beating down???
"For I am in distress ... my eyes grow weak with sorrow ... my soul and my body with grief ... my life is consumed by anguish ... my years by groaning ... my strength fails because of my affliction ... my bones grow weak ... I am the utter contempt of my neighbors ... I am a dread to my friends ... I am forgotten by them as though I were dead ... I have become like broken pottery ..."
vv 14 - 15 ... "But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hands ..."
What more can I say? What other answer can I give to my own heart and soul? Or to someone else?
God is always God ... no matter what I am going thru.
And no matter how I feel or what my life looks like ... God is always good.
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vv. 17 - 18 ... We watched "Madea's Class Reunion" last night. One of the ladies on there was being attacked by her supervisor at work, even to the point of being fired. The saintly lady warned the younger lady about "touching God's annointed". These verses made me think about that. :-)
v. 19 ... "How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you."
God wants to pour out His blessings on us. We may cry out in anguish in our private moments, but He wants to be God to the audience of those around us. We just need to trust Him ... and let Him!
v. 20 ... "In the shelter of your presence you hide them ... in your dwelling you keep them safe..."
Rock of Ages ...
vv. 21 - 24 ... The promise to us ...
"...for he showed his wonderful love to me ... you heard my cry for mercy ... the Lord preserves the faithful ... "
"Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord."
Just remember - God's thoughts are not ours ... His ways are not ours ... and His time is not ours.
Trust in the Lord God ... trust Him with