I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. (Psalm 119:30)
Have you ever felt like the Psalmist… like you were laid low in the dust, begging God to preserve your life?
I know I have at different times in my life.
Maybe it was the divorce papers that were finalized that brought you to this low, dusty, and dark place.
Or maybe it was your own flesh and blood… pain from the choices of a child or parent.
Perhaps it was the slander and betrayal of a friend.
Those who walk with the Lord are not immune to the heartache of the world. In Psalm 119:23 we see that even the Psalmist himself dealt with others slandering him. At different times, we have all been “laid low in the dust” of life. If you find yourself there, sweet friend, take heart and know you are not alone.
Jesus – in His love – is right there with you. The beautiful thing? He meets us where we are, yet encourages us to shake off the dust and get back up.
You don’t have to stay there.
We all have a choice. We can stay in the dust of heartbreak, disappointment, and pain… or with God’s help, we can choose to get up and stand up.
Taking a cue from the Psalmist, when we are down in the dust of life, our action needs to be that of prayer.
We need to look up.
When the Psalmist was dusty, he didn’t seek revenge on those who were trying to hurt him. Instead he sought the Lord, crying out, “Preserve my life.” He dug deeper into God’s Word, asking for teaching and for greater understanding. I know many times when I am in a hurtful situation, my first response is, “Lord, make this stop!” I want out of the situation because in the past I bought into a fairly tale dream that all good Christians have pain-free lives. Once you ask Jesus into your heart, your life should be easy, right?
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Being a Christian does not mean that your life will be easy or free from pain, heartbreak, or depression. What is does mean is that Jesus will be with you every step of the way. Like the Psalmist, you can cry out to Him for help and He will strengthen you.
He sought the Lord for strength (vs. 28). Emotional hurt and stress can wear us out not only emotionally, but physically too. Yet, he held fast to the Lord. And what was the outcome?
“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” ~ Psalm 119:32
The result? A heart that is joyful and free.
Yes, in this world we will have trouble. But take heart, sweet friend. Greater is He who is in me than He who is in the world! (1 John 4:4)
If you find yourself in the dust of life like this Psalmist, do what he did…
Turn to God.
Call out to Him.
Turn the situation over to the Lord, and trust Him with it.
As we hold to His Word and trust His promises, the Lord is able to work in His ways and in His time. – Warren Wiersbe
Share about a time in your life when you felt like the Psalmist, you were laid low…with worry, heartache or fear and how God intervened in that situation.
Encourage someone else today with the gift of your “Psalmist” testimony…you never know how God might use the story He has given you to encourage someone else today!
Love God Greatly!
Week 2 Challenge:
Like the Psalmist modeled for us, prayerfully turn whatever heartache you are currently going through over to the Lord. Reach out to God through prayer and trust Him with the outcome knowing that He works all things out for our good in His time.
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