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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Learning To Trust God With My Situation

In review of Psalm 38:15 it says, "For I am waiting for you, O Lord my God. Come and protect me."

Bottom Line:
Trust God to take care of things

What this means to me:
I trust in God and wait for him to answer and protect me

In reviewing this psalm, there are three things I see. First I see where true sorrow for my sin brings hope. God alone is the true source of healing and protection for those who confess their sins to him.

Interestingly at the beginning of this psalm, David wasn't saying for God to not punish him, but rather, "don't punish him while God is angry." David acknowledged that he deserved to be punished, but he asked that God temper his discipline with mercy. Like children, we are free to ask for mercy, but we should not deny that we deserve punishment.

Often God has to punish his children in order to bring them back to himself. But when we repent of our sin, God promises to forgive us. He delivers us from sin's eternal consequences, though he does not promise to undo all of sin's earthly consequences.

Secondly, being silent can be extremely difficult when others tear us down because we want to protect our reputation. We find it difficult to do nothing while they assault something so precious to us. But we don't need to lash back in revenge or justify our position; we can trust God to protect our reputation. Jesus was silent before his accusers; he left his case in the God's hands. That is a good place to leave mine as well.

Thirdly, I should not lose hope. It is always too soon to throw in the towel. When I’m down to nothing, God's up to something so great, that I can’t even imagine the effects it will have on my life.

When things start to look bleak around me, this is the perfect time for God to step in and take over. He has not promised me that life would be a pleasure cruise, but He has promised that if I place my hope and faith in Him, He will be there to carry me through the storms. No matter what I’m going through, no matter how bad, I can lift up my voice in praise and faith. He will hear and respond, and grant me His all-surpassing peace. I can turn that frown upside-down and know that as I begin to praise the Lord, He will saturate my soul with a peace and joy that the world can’t give and the world can’t take away.