September 6, 2021

Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me. (Psalm 86:11-17)
As we read (Psalm 86:11-17) this morning, don’t we find it challenging to get our hearts around the truth that God is worthy of praise no matter what our circumstances are? Moreover, whether we are prospering or experiencing adversity, there was always comfort in knowing God is the same, unchanging, and ever-present God today as He was yesterday, that He is a loving, kind, helpful, giving, and forgiving God. That God uses everything that comes into our lives to shape us to look, sound, and act more like Him. That He truly works all things out for our good and His glory. What is that call, you ask? That is compassion.
Compassion is recognizing when others are suffering and taking action to help. Because God is sovereign, He knows all things, he knows of our storms and our victories, our hurts, and our fears, and He searches our hearts and knows where we are in our faith journey. He is willing to help us in and through our times of suffering. However, for us to fully comprehend His compassions, there are a few things we must remember:
– We must be teachable as (v.11) tells us, “Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” There is something to be learned through every trial we face. God wants us to look to Him, listen to Him, and live in such a way that honors Him.
– We must praise Him for His compassion as (v.13) tells us, “For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.” We recognize where He has brought us from and what He is doing in our lives. This will result in worship.
– We must share our hearts with Him as (vs.14 and 17) tell us, “O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them., and “Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.” We are to be transparent because He loves us and cares about what we are experiencing.
– Lastly and most importantly, we must depend on Him as (vv.15-16) tells us, “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant.” We must ask (and trust) God to see us through whatever trial we may be going through.
Friends, if we confess our trust in and dependency on God for our help and comfort, He will provide us with the strength we need to get through. Would you pray with me?
Father, as this day begins, I forsake the illusion of my competency and cast myself on You, the God who raises the dead—starting with Jesus. I am not facing deadly issues, but I am facing things that I cannot fix, injustices in the world that I cannot right, old wounds that I cannot heal, and my own heart that I cannot change.
Father, please give me the grace to accept my limits and faith to trust You more. I know You to be the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort; I want to know You that way much, much more. I pray, in Jesus’ kind and grace-full Name, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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