Daily D – Psalm 69:32
The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged. PSALM 69:32 (NLT)
Discouragement is a loss of confidence or enthusiasm. It is an enemy of the soul. It crushes spirits. It shows up at the worst possible moments. Fortunately, I myself rarely get discouraged. Unfortunately, discouragement showed up uninvited a few days ago.
I sat for a long time and pondered the painful realities before me. I wondered how I got to the place where I was. I retraced all the steps, rethought all the plans, reconsidered their execution, re-, re-, re-. I looked back so long and hard I developed a neck ache.
Then I pondered what I know to be true: As God has been faithful in the past, he is faithful now. Never place a period where God places a comma. Do not quit reading the book in the middle of a painful chapter. God loves those we love more than we do. He has better plans for them than we can imagine. He is working out those plans in ways we cannot see.
Then I stopped pondering and started praying. I remembered Phil. 4:6, 7:
Don’t worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Worries that put an ache in your gut are best served by turning them into prayers which put hope in your heart.
Notice how Psalm 69 is about major problems and God’s faithfulness. Recognize the same structure in Phil. 4. Paul learned from David to look back and take confidence at how God had faithfully delivered him before. (This might be a good time to take a listen to Elevation Worship’s Do It Again.) Our circumstances change. God does not.
Mountain Mover, Sea Splitter, Consuming Fire is leading this parade. He will never take us anywhere he cannot keep us, protect us, defend us, and yes, bless us. Following his steps sometimes leads through dark valleys. Remember, however, who He is. He leads. He leads through. Stay in step with him.
Down in that dark place a few days ago, I could not see the way out. Four big prayer requests were on my heart. Today, we are two down with two to go. Discouragement has fallen away. Encouragement has taken its place. Just like David said after his long lament, “The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.”
Are you discouraged? Do worries crowd your heart and mind? Turn to God in prayer. Know his presence and his peace.
I will turn all of my worries into prayers.
Our Father, thank you for encouraging us with your presence and your peace. Thank you that mountains move and seas open at your command. Thank you that you are in charge. Thank you that we belong to you and that you never lose your grip on us or on those we love. How could we not sing your praise? How could we not give you thanks? Amen.
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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.