Counsel & Comfort

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"I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me." - Psalm 142

Have you ever felt as if no one was there for you when you faced a difficult and trying time? Perhaps King David’s words reflect what you were feeling: “I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me” (v.4).

David wrote Psalm 142:1-7 when he was hiding away in the darkness of a cave...broken, scared and lamenting.

The book of Psalms is filled with true lament and the expression of raw emotions. Through the centuries, this precious collection of Hebrew poetry has helped bring hope and peace to millions of Christians in times of distress and heartache. We can experience the same things. For even in the cave of despair, when we feel lost and lonely, we’re never alone. God is with us. As Psalm 142:1-7 reveals, we can bring our complaints to Him. In fact, He’s our best confidant. His perfect love, wisdom, and power will provide what we need.

Because of that truth, David could say to the Lord, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life” (v.5).

No matter the difficult circumstances around us or the desperate feelings within, God cares deeply for us. He hears our cry and draws us close, even in the darkness.

What trials and troubles have you been facing? Bring them to God today—seeking His counsel and comfort.

Prayer: 
Lord God, You are my refuge and my strength. Help me in my time of need. Comfort me today. Amen.
Date: 
Sep 28 2017