In times of trouble

Image result for Psalm 27:1Read Psalm 27:1-9 (ESV/NIV).

The psalms often speak into existence a reality that has not yet been realized. When the writer asks, “Whom shall I fear?” he could likely compose a very long list of answers to that question. Enemies are surrounding him and there is a healthy fear that God has left him altogether. But in the middle of his desperate situation his question is answered by an almost rebellious hope. The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

In spite of all evidence to the contrary he believes that he will see the face of God and that there is nothing to fear. It is this same gift of faith that enables us to step forward even in these times of darkness.

How many of you are seeing no evidence of a way out of your situation? How many of you are in the “day of trouble?”

Today God’s word says to you, “Seek my face.” In faith we are called to look into the face of Jesus Christ who lived many times in the day of trouble and who rather than escape it, went through the suffering and death of the cross for us that through faith in Him we may have peace in the midst of our troubles.

In faith we can turn to our Lord and Saviour in our time of need and with the Psalmist pray: Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!

In response our Saviour says, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).