“Oh we got trouble! Right here in River City…” For those of you familiar with the musical, “The Music Man,” you understand the reference. The truth of the matter is, periodically, we all experience trouble, sometimes it is big trouble and we need reprieve. People are still jobless, the number of homeless people is rising, school systems are failing, crime and defiance of the law is rising, and the enemy is seeking to break down relationships… This week’s Psalms take us to several places to get closer to God, call out to him, and find help for our situations. Choose at least one to learn and meditate on through this week.
Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalms 3, 14, 22, 42, 46, and 53
You may have already prayed about your situation but cannot see results. Don’t stress yourself about it. Sometimes changes come gradually, sometimes immediately. But, whatever your situation, resist the temptation to get upset with yourself or other people around you. Trust with confidence that the Lord has heard you, and will answer you in due time. Acknowledge that he alone is God and is able to bring you out of your trouble; wait expectantly.
Trouble makes us thirsty for something more refreshing; a new job, a new home, a new friendship, a new start…. When you are feeling worn out, dried up, lonely or depressed, ignored or forsaken, or separated from God, seek him as though your very life depends on it.
Put your hope in God, he is always there for you. Look for his loving direction during the day and rest in his peace when night comes. He will not fail to rescue you, no matter what your trouble is today. “God is your refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)
May the LORD bless you,
and keep you:
May the Lord make his face shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you:
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.