Within today’s text you will see that because Israel no longer sought after God, they would end up under the thumb of Assyria. James Boice (Psalms, Volume 1, Psalms 1-41 [Baker], p. 223) also suggests that in the case of this psalm, there is the dominant theme of learning or instruction, which fits with the alphabetical arrangement. I’ve gotten so where I will quickly ask my brother for help when it comes to some things I cannot do. It has a large indoor riding arena and stable, and a duplex, along with some other features. Why do we choose to seek others over God? What I have realized is that a lot of times we find ourselves butting heads with what God has for us. What was I thinking?” Answer: “I wasn’t thinking! 12, 14). 2-3). After David’s initial prayer (25:1-7), he pauses to review who the Lord is. But to do that, we must pay off our note, plus raise additional funds. There are many examples in the Bible of what happens when you do not seek God. We are not obedient to get blessed. 2-3). Tribulation tests our identity as Christians – Tribulation tests our identity. God has something good for all of His children, but we are too busy trying to do it our way. When times are good or when it’s easy to obey God, sure, we obey Him. 34:5). David prays for the Lord to teach him His ways (25:4-5, 8-9). You, like me, would probably respond, “I need God at all times in my life.” I would certainly preach and teach that we need God in our lives every second of every day. He is compassionate and loving (v. 6). Their love for God has grown so cold that even when it becomes clear to them from the Scriptures how they ought to spend their time, they will not make God the priority that He demands. Let’s ask that the Lord will be glorified as He leads us in His paths of lovingkindness and truth! They have gained the advantage over David, because he describes his feet as already caught in their net (25:15). What can those other means do that God cannot do? Several years ago, we were overcrowded. He uses hard times to put our faith to the test. So why is David so concerned about not being ashamed? He wants to enlarge our territory. So if you’re going through a hard time, don’t forget to pray for others. We need either the sale of the property for a reasonable amount, a lessee who could make our payments, or increased monthly giving to meet our obligation. Is he just being prideful? Key verse: When The Sun Finally Rises: Wrestling With The Past (Gen. 32:22-32), 2. We all go through difficult times in life. I think that the main idea is that David has gone public in affirming his trust in the Lord. In seeking for a more spiritual dimension to my life, I joined a New Age organization. Having faith in God during difficult times can be incredibly hard. 413-414), “Nothing is more inconsistent with true and sincere prayer to God, than to waver and gaze about as the heathen do, for some help from the world; and at the same time to forsake God, or not to betake ourselves directly to his guardianship and protection.” He adds (p. 417) that if David, who was such a wise man in the ways of God, cries out for God’s wisdom in his trials, how much more do we need to do the same! Brittany says. But we need to sustain our mortgage until the Lord provides a solution. John Calvin comments (Calvin’s Commentaries [Baker], on Ps. Since his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband led to the events of Absalom’s revolt, it probably was written during that episode. We are at our weakest when we are going through times of trouble. Our three-year loan ran out and we recently had to refinance. Most importantly, our vulnerability in our time of trouble leave us open for attack from Satan. If you are struggling today, or you know someone who is in hard times, I hope that these 21 uplifting Scriptures will be a blessing. When you are in trouble a friend may be the first person that you call on. It’s coming up to Good Friday – it’s an opportune time to learn from Jesus in this area of obedience during difficult times. When we are walking through those dark and gloomy times we ought to turn and seek God so that God can carry us through! Difficult times demand great faith. The Hebrew word for “paths” refers to ruts made by wagon wheels passing over the same ground often. 1. So we need to pay off the note by December, 2010, or pray that we can refinance the loan again. 2 My God, I trust in You. Every time that we're having a test, the teacher is quiet. Reflection questions He is the Savior (v. 5). Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2009, All Rights Reserved. When they hit, we should examine ourselves more deeply and entrust ourselves to God more fully, knowing that we are in His perfect will. If you are a believer, the last thing that should happen to you is that you have been led astray, especially, when all you have to do is seek God! I realize that it is not exciting to give to a property that we are trying to sell, but we must meet our obligation to the bank. In our times of distress we should seek God so that He can place us on top of His shoulders and leave us with no worries as He carries us. Verse 1, 2a: “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. We don’t go asking God enough. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. You may not see it right away but God is already doing work in your life! He is just (v. 9) and forgiving (v. 11). But that’s a wrong approach. It would be ludicrous to ask God to teach us His ways or paths if we were not seeking to walk in them. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 1. ~ Unknown. Note again verse 11: “For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.” God’s name refers to His attributes, to all that He is as He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. This creates a bunch of trouble in our life. Up to this point, the psalm has been David’s individual prayer, but at the end, he unexpectedly broadens it: “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.” Perhaps David did this because he realized that as king, his problems were Israel’s problems. Here is a man who trusted in the Lord. We are often trapped by our unbelief and fear, but God is preparing us for the end-time harvest. So we put the equestrian property on the market. O my God, in You I trust.” Calvin says (pp. They remind us who God is while calling us to flee to God's side for help. In our times of trouble we should first seek God because know how to get us out of those times. When the Sun Sets: Jacob Meets God (Gen. 27:41-28:22). I’m dependent on God for every breath I take and every bite of food that I eat. If you’re going through a rough time, finding something to give you a little lift can help you remember that life isn’t always bad. Consider 2 Cor. These seemingly endless stretches of fear, disappointment, pain, and heartache are just brief moments of time that will soon pass. In times of trouble we should be like the Apostle Paul who said he sought the Lord thrice because of the thorn in his flesh. We too need to believe that our future is in the hands of a God that loves us. Sometimes even though I have prayed for guidance and wisdom, I still have done something that resulted in a heap of trouble. But what about in times of distress, great sorrow and the like? Remember God’s Love “Don’t be deceived, my beloved brothers” (v. 16). Why is this not biblical? Thus the first step in seeking the Lord during your hard times is to examine your heart and confess your sins, relying on His grace through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Seek God. Hear how our family has learned to have faith during trials, and how you can find joy in trials too with a free joy Bible study sample. God is consistent in His paths or ways, which stem from His holy nature. For some of you, this will not be news. Understand and know that God is already doing work in your life. He is fully able to deliver us from our trials, even when we were the cause of them because of our sin or stupidity, if we humble ourselves and seek Him. 5, 10). David embraced difficult times because he believed his future was in the hands of a God that loved him. Why am I experiencing all of these trials?” They think that if you obey God, He gives you a free pass from trials. In the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23), Jesus described several situations. Sermon Psalm 37 Trusting God in Troubled Times A response to the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. Our difficult circumstances should drive us to examine our hearts, confess and forsake all known sin, and cry out to the Lord for His gracious deliverance, all for His glory and our ultimate good. The tendency is to try to cover it up and bluff your way through. Guess what happens when we do that? Sometimes during difficult times we simply need to remember God. God is already working behind the scenes on our behalf. All of the good, and what we perceive to be bad, is God working to the good of those who call Him, Father. 1 Lord, I turn to You. Due to many factors that I cannot go into here for lack of time, just before we were ready to move ahead, we decided that the Lord did not want us to pursue developing the property. We not going to the Father’s door and knocking on His door enough. This passage shows us three things we need to remember if we are going to pass the test with flying colors. We don’t go seeking God enough. He is good and upright (v. 8). We can say it this way: God is not on trial during our trials; we are. When you are in a situation, a tough a difficult situation, what is the first thing you do? We have the greatest of friends in God, so why not turn to Him? My dad was a man that could do some of everything but asking for help was something he finally started to do the older he got. We are simply blessed to live an obedient life. Do you try to trudge through the difficult times all on your lonesome or do you try to call out for help? <3. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” The context of James’ counsel is the need for wisdom in the midst of various trials (James 1:2-3). I eventually found that this was false. 3:26). Our duty is to affirm by faith, as David does here, that the Lord is always good, loving, and compassionate. 25, p. 428), “But we must know, that as often as God withdraws his blessing from his own people, it is for the purpose of awakening them to a sense of their condition, and discovering to them how far removed they still are from the perfect fear of God.”. How to Trust God During Difficult Times by Christina Patterson - encouragement and inspiration from Christian women bloggers! A quiet moment is sitting at this computer composing this spiritual reflection. In verse 7 he prays, “Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions.” Apparently his troubles later in life dredged up the sins that he had committed in earlier years. We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. The psalm is full of God’s attributes: God is trustworthy and faithful (vv. And, I thank God for His great love that sent His Son to bear my penalty for those sins. In verse 8, he refers to himself as a sinner. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. 15, 17, 18, 20). What do I mean by that? Praying friends and family are one of God’s ways to strengthen you during difficult times. I want to look at us and what we seek during those dark, gloomy, weary, and troubled times. David was referring to this when he asks God to remember His compassion and lovingkindnesses (v. 6). It means to look to the Lord continually (v. 15). So David’s argument in prayer is, “Lord, I’m trusting totally in You. If we received some large gifts, we could pay off the mortgage and then consider whether the Lord would have us keep the property and use it for some ministry purposes. Some of the sins from my youth keep coming back to haunt me. There is enough in this psalm to preach separate sermons on just about every verse. In our times of trouble we, believers, should first seek God. To walk in God’s ways includes several things as revealed in this psalm. God is going to reveal Himself in your situation but when your eyes are focused on the problem it becomes harder to see Him. And I realize both my own enormous need for grace and my need patiently to extend God’s grace to others, as He has done to me. The Lord can do that! I felt the need to inform you so that you will pray fervently and give faithfully. Let God be your fear and scare away all those times of troubles you face. If you conclude that your trial is directly related to your sin or to your stupidity, what should you do? Instead, it redirects our focus on who God is. The Bible is clear that it is not always God’s will miraculously to heal us or to get us out of all our problems. After David’s initial prayer (25:1-7), he pauses to review who the Lord is. He will hold us in the hollow of His hand and when we ask, He will help us through the hard times. We make an even bigger mess of things when we refuse to seek and understand the work that He is doing in our lives! We then make an even bigger mess of things because we want turn to seek after Him and understand what and why things are happening. 3, 5, 21), because His timing is not always our timing. I want to take a look at those times when we are going through those valleys. Don’t be surprised (1 Pet. No good ever comes to the children of God when they choose to turn from Him and seek their own way. Don’t be surprised. Read the Word. Now women will tell you that some men have problem when it comes to asking for help. We must ask, seek, and knock on the door of God as it is said in Matthew 7:7 –. This gives us at least a vision of ourselves rejoicing in the future. I am not trying to be an alarmist, but only to let you know as the body the difficult situation that could be ahead if there are no changes from our current course. The psalmists may have used this form to help people memorize the psalms. Or, maybe your problems were not due to deliberate sin, but rather because of immaturity or stupid decisions. What we fail to understand is that during our times of distress we are at our weakest. Even physically painful. I’m only human!” Rather, David’s guilt over his sins drives him to confess his sin to God and plead for pardon. David traversed those dark and gloomy times because he knew that God was with him! I have struggled to understand this, because it seems to me that shame-based cultures, such as currently exist all over the Middle East, are pride-based cultures. Bible Verses About Having Strength During Hard Times. Hard lessons about hard times—but our God is faithful! Remember what I said about us stubborn men? Second, as the Lord leads and provides, would you consider giving faithfully and regularly to the need? One final thought before I give a specific application: Verse 22 grabs attention (in Hebrew) because it doesn’t follow the alphabetic scheme. His way of getting the gospel to the Waodani tribe in Ecuador was to have them murder five choice young missionaries. The closer you draw near to the Lord, the more hideous the sins that you committed when you were younger appear to be. Friends turn to friends. Though our circumstances change our destiny does not (Ephesians 1:11). He doesn’t just shrug off his sins by thinking, “What do you expect? David feels lonely and afflicted, and his troubles are growing worse, not better (vv. Seeking God in the most difficult of times Mags Gargan August 28, 2014 Dear Editor, The death of the actor Robin Williams is a terrible tragedy – its impact made all the more severe by his popularity, talent and charismatic character. We've got Him in the top ten. But maybe you’re thinking, “Yes, but you said that the trials behind this psalm seem to stem from David’s sin. Only God’s grace kept me from doing some things that could have had far more serious consequences! No matter why I’m in this difficulty, what is the Lord trying to teach me? Some could give much more. The blessing is a byproduct of them seeking God simply for who He is. I certainly hope that this friend has time for you because there are times when you might call on a friend and friend can’t get to the phone. So long as you are able to get out you would not care. As Christians, we can expect trials. I was pretty much running on hormones! But I want to testify that trusting God in difficult times (even finding joy through trials!) The problem is, not all avenues in life are good avenues in helping you in your times of trouble. Spurgeon (A Treasury of David [Baker], 1:441) divides this psalm into prayer (1-7); meditation (8-10); prayer (11); meditation (12-15); and, prayer (16-22). Not seeking God first is one of the biggest problems that we believers have. Psalm 25 encourages me to continue to entreat the Lord for this need. 12) and discuss the following: Does God remove some or all of the consequences of our sin when we repent? Vaughan Smith Several Psalms and many Proverbs divide all of humanity into two groups:the righteous and the wicked. Jesus told the disciples that those who love Him were no longer considered servants but were considered friends. Note David’s situation: He has treacherous enemies that are seeking to exult in his demise (vv. Jesus is God in the flesh. 421-422) observes that it is difficult to be steadfast in prayer unless we pause and refresh ourselves by meditating on God’s goodness, as David does here. David’s grief over his own problems reminded him of the nation’s problems, so he prays for them. Job cried out God wishing that he had someone that could mediate on his behalf just so God could hear from him. There is one other application here: Whenever I am in a difficult situation, whether a health need, a financial need, an interpersonal conflict, or whatever, I use the trial to examine my own heart. Sometimes I hear Christians bemoan, “I’ve been following the Lord and seeking to be obedient. Trouble comes. Believers, we cannot have the stubbornness of men when we are going through times of trouble! He is marked by truth (vv. Women are right, though, because we men can be stubborn creatures of habit when it comes to seeking help. More than that, by God’s power, we can exult in them if we see the result God is accomplishing. The teacher isn't teaching during … These foes are many in number and they hate David with violence (v. 19). What can they do to bring you out of your troubles that God can’t do? We create the trouble in our lives because we are too busy ignoring the way God is trying to lead us. Excruciating. Perhaps you can only afford $50 per month extra. Allow God to put fear in what grieves you so that those times of distress go away. Learn more about how we make money.Last edited November 16, 2020. We qualify! (2 Corinthians 12:9)”. God will take your time of troubles and destroy them! What do we do then? If you go seeking after others and their ways, you will soon find that you have been led astray. In quiet moments which are helped by quieting our overactive imagination and emotions and by a firm and lasting belief in God, we may worship God. Praise God in the storms, through the battles, and when life gets hard. For example, it was recently suggested that we use it for a Bible college. Also, we are currently falling behind in our property expenses (compared to giving) by about $6,000 per month (it was over $7,000, but it has slightly improved). Psalm 25. If you got home and didn’t understand the school work you would ask your parents to see if they could help you out. If you were sinking in quick sand, do you care who throws you the rope to pull you out of that sand? But rather than following such an outline, I want to treat it by dealing with some of the major themes: Trials; sin and guilt; seeking the Lord for wisdom in such situations; and, the Lord’s capability of delivering us from these trials for His glory and our ultimate good. CBN.com – . But shortly after this, the real estate market fell apart and we have not been able to sell the property. 1. Then we read (Exod. 1, 3), because none that wait for Him will be ashamed. Because they chose to dance and praise a golden calf at Mount Sinai, the children of Israel was made to wonder in the wilderness for 40 years. As the numbers in the bulletin indicate, we are currently in arrears in our property fund by over $52,000. And many among them shall stumble; They shall fall and be broken, Be snared and taken.”. Admittedly, praising God in the difficult times is not easy, but by remembering our God is unchanged, He provides us with salvation, He is Sovereign, and He causes us to be triumphant in Christ, should make it possible for us to stand and say with Habakkuk, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. And, if our trial is due to some sin that was previously a blind spot, He wants us to confess it and turn from it. Boice concludes (ibid. I’m like the grass of the field, here today and gone tomorrow. We have a great friend in God, call on Him! It’s easier said than done but rejoice in your hard times by looking for the Lord in your situation. He will be as a sanctuary, In our times of trouble we, believers, should first seek God. Bible verses about hard times. Let God be your rock of offense to attack your troubles. What should you do at such times? I was just a teenager!” He doesn’t compare himself to his enemies and say, “I may have my faults, but these guys are evil!” He doesn’t belittle his sins by saying, “Okay, I was wrong to sleep with Bathsheba, but hey, I’m just a red-blooded guy who likes women!” He doesn’t say, “Being the king is a tough job. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Spiritual Life, Suffering, Trials, Persecution, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Friends should turn to each other, right? 4:18) by having their heads cut off! During our times of distress we could be liable to fall for any kind of help that is offered. David understood that then, we must understand that now. After much prayer and many hours of discussion and counsel, we purchased this 14-acre parcel in west Flagstaff. They also require wisdom. That leads to the second point: David’s painful guilt runs through this psalm. To seek the Lord properly, review and affirm God’s attributes. March 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm. Calvin (pp. Some of us stopped seeking God first. I truly believe that sometimes we bring on our own trials and tribulations because we choose to seek our own way instead of seeking after God’s way. Where is the balance between proper self-examination and spiritually unhealthy introspection? God is already standing by, waiting for those that are His children to call on His name. He is our fortress, our guide and our light. We rob ourselves of our blessings because we don’t want the greater blessing that God has for us. One of which is music. Men will get lost and start driving around in circles before they finally decide to ask Siri or Google to help them out! When we are going through our times of trouble there are many avenues for one to take that could “help them out”. Calvin also points out that David directed all his desires and prayers to God alone. We should seek Christ’s ear, especially in our times of trouble. But even if we made mistakes, this psalm tells us that the Lord can still deliver us.
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