We make Christianity – knowing and loving God – so difficult!
Early in my Christian walk, I was plagued by doubt and fear. These feelings overwhelmed me and paralyzed my joy and my service.
During that time, I remember reading Psalm 116 (check it out) over and over again, but I focused on verse 3 for that is how I felt.
Psalm 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me , and the pains of hell got hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
Certainly not a hopeful verse and not one that helped my fear.
Years and trials and challenges passed, and through it all I found my Lord faithful. As I continued to study His word, I began to see the precious affirmations and promises contained in this psalm and known in my life.
- I love the lord.
- He has heard my cry.
- I will call on Him as long as I live.
- The Lord is gracious, and righteous, and merciful.
- The Lord preserves the simple.
- I was brought low, and He helped me.
- Rest, Soul, the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
- He delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from falling.
- I will walk with God.
- I will take the cup of salvation.
- I am God’s servant.
- He has loosed my bonds.
What will I offer to God for all of these benefits?
- I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
- I will call upon the name of the Lord.
- I will give my offering in His congregation.
Praise ye the Lord!
God never intended for me to be stuck in the sorrow or panicked by the pain. He always meant for me to call on Him for help.
His will for me is a life of thanksgiving as I focus on what He has done and what He is doing.
Realizing this has changed my heart and my life.
I do not know what you may be struggling with today, but God is able and willing to see you through it. Call on Him. He is a wonderful, merciful Savior, and He will hear.
Psalm 116:2 Because He has inclined His ear unto me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.
Psalm 107:43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.
Photo – Cutworm, Beth Mims (Doubt can destroy your joy just like a cutworm destroys a tomato plant.)