“Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.” (Psalm 142:7)
These prison walls we build around our souls, are the ones to hold us back the most. These prison wall are invisible to others; the rattling of our chains cannot be heard by anyone else than us. Because of that, we get lost in thinking that there is no way out of our prison, that freedom does not apply to our soul. Yet, here we see David, who is hiding in a cave as he is fleeing from Saul — and David prays for the Lord to deliver his soul out of the prison so that he can praise God. We feel the confidence of David as he declares, “You shall deal bountifully with me.” You, O Lord, are good to me.
Charles Spurgeon writes, “Soul emancipation is the noblest form of liberation, and calls for the loudest praise: he who is delivered from the dungeons of despair is sure to magnify the name of the Lord.” If David was confident in asking the Lord to deliver him so that he may praise His name — can we not do just the same? David knew that the Lord would be good to him; that God would deliver him. Can we not say just the same?
What kind of darkness is it that is keeping you from truly opening to this life, to your people, to your God? These walls that you have built around your heart, are they to lock you in or to keep others out? Most importantly, my friend — and please be honest here, honest with yourself. Are you really seeking a way out?
“Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons— Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.” (Psalm 107:10,13-14)
There is freedom to be found for all of us. Oh, my friend, our Lord is always greater than the storm that you are looking at right now. Whether you are sitting in darkness, these thoughts of depression eating away your energy and your soul. Whether it is the shadow of death looming over your shoulder, these whispers of the terrifying loss unrelenting. Whether you are bound in affliction, not seeming to find your way out of this battle that has wearied you beyond what you thought weary could mean. Whether there are chains on you — chains of addiction, poor self-esteem, unforgiveness — and you seem to always be held back because of these chains.
My friend, our Lord is always greater and stronger than any of these. The answer might be taking longer than you wished it to. The answer might come in a different way than you wanted it to. More often than not, our ways and God’s ways are not the same. But the most important thing for us to remember is this: the Lord will always come through for you.
“Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.” (Psalm 116:7-8)
This week, let us come to our Savior, who rescued our souls from the depths of hell and from the darkness of our own hearts. Let us come to Him and find rest for our weary souls, knowing that He will deal bountifully with us, that He will always be good to us. In His arms, is the safest place for us to be. And yes, beloved, sometimes we do go through these times of great distress and trials. Sometimes this life just will not be easy. But it does not need to be easy because we know our gracious Redeemer to walk this road with us. He is always so good to us.
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