September 8, 2021

O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!
For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol. I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength, like one set loose among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand. You have put me in the depths of the pit, in the regions dark and deep. Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you overwhelm me with all your waves.
You have caused my companions to shun me; you have made me a horror to them. I am shut in so that I cannot escape; my eye grows dim through sorrow. (Psalm 88:1-9a)
Can you recall a point in your life where you were hurt (or hurting) so profoundly that you cried your eyes out? The author of (Psalm 88) was at that point as he penned this Psalm. The question came to mind, ‘what could make a person cry so much?’ As I read (Psalm 88:1-9a) this morning, a specific time came to mind: June 8th, 2018, while visiting our daughter and Grandson in South Carolina. Our daughter was struggling with things, as her walk with the Lord was on rocky ground, and life, in general, had her feeling very heavily burdened. There was nothing her Mom and me could do to help, so we, in turn, hurt deeply for our daughter.
Theologians believe the author of (Psalm 88) had been suffering from leprosy since childhood. Day and night, his ailment caused him physical, emotional, relational, and even spiritual suffering. Kind of like our daughter, he was discouraged, hurting, weak, and lonely. The author’s prayer in (Psalm 88) is one of the saddest psalms in all Scripture. Yet, amid his painful circumstances, he consistently and persistently cried out to God.
God’s Word never promises us freedom from “the pit” (v.4) says. The Bible is full of examples where God-fearing people declared God’s goodness and trusted His presence despite their difficulties. Just think, this may have been one of the Psalms prayed by Jesus amid His suffering.
As I end this weeks’ Devotional Thoughts, I would ask that you take a moment to ponder the different types of difficulty you could encounter. God’s Word guarantees we will face various kinds of trials. Will your soul be full of troubles? Will you lose strength? Will your acquaintances seem far away from you? Any of these things could happen. Be determined to declare God’s sovereignty regardless of your situation. God is still the God of your salvation, even in your sorrows. He is Jehovah God! Cry if you must, but remember to cry out to God amid your tears continually. He will be present with you in your pain, even in the most bottomless, darkest pits of life.
Friends, prayer may not change your circumstances, but prayer will change you! Would you pray with me? (Valley of Vision)
Father, everyday my little boat sails on a restless sea, grant that Jesus may sit at the helm of my life and steer me safely; suffering no adverse currents to divert my heavenward course; let not my faith be wreaked amid the storms and shoals of life, bringing me to the harbor of Heaven with flying pennants; hull unscathed, and cargo unspoiled. Lord, I ask great things, expect great things, and shall receive great things. May I depend on You wholly and entirely as my wind, sunshine, anchor, and defense? I pray in Your precious Name, Amen.

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


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