Pastor's Weekly Message

Trusting God in Times of Trouble

1 Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. 2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High. 3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. 6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul. 7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God. 8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? 9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. 10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word. 11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. 12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. 13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? Psalm 56

In reading Psalms 56 the Psalmist David speaks as a man plagued by trouble, yet in his time of despair he chooses to trust and praise the Lord. No one is exempt from trouble, money will not keep you from trouble. Some of our troubles may even be of our own making. Sometimes our trouble may even come from doing the right thing. It’s easy to have tunnel vision when we have trouble or conflict in our lives, we think we are the only ones that are facing hardship, but remember somebody else has faced what you are facing and has come through on the other side. No one is exempt from heartache we will all experience it at some point in our lives. David reminds us yet again that the only way we can make it is to trust in God and praise His name.

Victory does not always come through having more soldiers than the enemy, but through trusting in the Lord. There is nothing too hard for God. We need to speak the name of Jesus over every situation in our life. There is still healing power in the name of Jesus. It is no time to be casual in our walk with God, we have to be watchful at all times. 2 Corinthians 2:11 says, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” The enemy attacks high and low, at dark and at light. Ephesians 6:11 reminds us, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” We have to become stronger in our walk with God through prayer, fasting and Bible reading, and continuing to trust and praise Him even when we do not understand the situation surrounding us. Remember He knows the beginning and the ending of all things, and He is in control!

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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