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our help when we are overwhelmed (Psalm 142, part 3)

Psalm 142

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me.” (Psalm 142:3)

Beloved, we have been here before, these waves of sorrow and sadness, weariness and hurt washing over us and leaving us feeling overwhelmed. We have walked through this familiar land before, and we will walk through it yet again.

Please know this, dear one: when you feel overwhelmed and alone. When you feel like you are crushing under this wave of hurt and that ache of your broken heart. When you feel like giving up and letting go. When you feel like you are carrying the weight of sorrow heavier than this world, like these pieces of your fractured soul have been trampled on too many times.

He has not left you. He has never left you, beloved. He is right here.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.” (Psalm 138:7-8)

Sometimes, it takes us coming to the end of our ropes to we see who truly holds on to us, who carries us in these days of darkness. Us sin-marred and broken people, we tend to turn to the works of our hands and strive to work it all out ourselves. We try, and we forget — our Lord is the Almighty One, El-Shaddai.

He is our King, who wore a crown of thorns to write out His Love for us with His blood. He is our Savior, who bent down low to walk the road to Calvary and carry our sins to the cross. He is our God, who lets His heart be broken again and again for our sin and our suffering, until His stripes have made your heart whole. He rose from the grave so that He can lift you up, too.

who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:24-25)

This week, beloved, know that you can bring to Him your sin and your sorrow. Nothing is hidden from our God; no darkness and no snare can reach you without Him knowing. No worry or struggle, no pain or brokenness is ever wasted when you turn to your Maker, the Almighty God. His goodness weaves graces into your story. His love turns your darkness into a story of hope.

So let us cry out to the God Almighty when we feel overwhelmed and trapped, knowing that He carries us through. Let us lift our cries for help to the One who walks with us in this journey of life, knowing He will make straight our path, holding our hand.

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when you feel like you are failing

Lift up your face and look to God, because His mercies are new every morning. Trust God and trust His Word, because in Him we have redemption. He knows the messy and the ugly parts; He has seen the brokenness and hurt in your heart. Bring all of you to Him; the good and the bad, the weak and the weary. Thank Him for His goodness. Thank Him for His faithfulness. He is here with you, and He is making you new.

how to stop ourselves from murmuring (Psalm 142, part 2)

Psalm 142

“I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.” (Psalm 142:2)

That place where the world collapses, where your heart has been wounded, where words have cut deep, where your soul aches deeply because of a circumstance not changing. That place where for one reason or another, a murmuring rises up from inside of you and words of bitterness fill your mind — where all you can mutter are words of complaint, of discontentment.

I have been there many times. I am sure you have as well.

We can pour out our complaints and declare our troubles before Him, not so that He might see them but that even in them, we might see Him. When we pour out our complaints before Him, we truly see them for what they are as we set our thoughts in order — and that is when His glorious light can break in.

His scandalous grace can weave into our thoughts and we see much of our problems vanish in this glorious light. When we set our troubles at the foot of the Cross, the terror and troubling soon start vanishing when the Love that died for us, takes hold of us.

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)

However, we need to be careful of this: we can complain to God, but we cannot complain about Him. The Lord knows our sin-marred hearts and our messy lives. He knows these thoughts of ours that are less than beautiful. He knows, and He can handle them; though surely thoughts of love and joy are more pleasant to Him, and to us as well. We should complain before God only, and not before men.

So this week, let us leave our troubles, our worries and complaints at the foot of the Cross and trust Jesus to work out His best in our lives. This week, let us take all these words that are not true, noble, or pure, and bring them before the Lord, and then ask for His forgiveness, and for His grace to work miracles in our hearts.

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Psalm 145:8-9)

This week my friend, you can be sure that when you bring all these sin-stained words and attitudes before our God, they are at that moment forgiven as the blood of Jesus Christ washes over your sins. He will not leave you, nor forsake you. He gives us a new heart, and a new spirit within us. You can leave the past behind, and watch as God makes all things new (Isaiah 43:18-19).

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