You Are NOT Alone

I have developed a habit of listening to the local Christian radio station on my way to work; when I get to work, I turn on YouVersion and have been listening to the "Eat This Word - Bible in a Year" plan. Usually there are 3-4 chapters from the Old Testament and one Psalm.

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One of the blessings that comes from this practice is that God speaks to my heart. He shows up. No matter what is going on in my life, these short bursts of time that I commune with God set the tone for my whole day. And it never fails - God always says something. I heard a song this morning that I wanted to share here. So many of you will relate to the lyrics. Then, God confirmed that He was speaking this message to me through the Psalm for today.

Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you. ~Psalm 25:16-21

Do you feel alone?

Are you in deep distress?

One trial after another hits you, and your heart is aching.

David asks God to save him from all of his problems. He asks God to feel the pain that he feels and see the trouble he is facing.  This is a natural response to pain or problems. God doesn't want us to suffer alone. That's why we have an open line of communication to him. He wants to hear our hearts.

He wants us to realize that when everyone seems to have abandoned us, or we can't see beyond the pain, we are NOT alone. 

YOU are NOT alone!

Sometimes in the midst of a struggle all we can see is what is hurting us. David sets this example for us. He seems to have a shift in perspective, something that we could all learn from. He cries out for God see him, but then he asks God to forgive all of his sins.

He briefly pauses his lamenting and shifts the focus onto himself, acknowledging that he needs grace and mercy. 

Immediately after this, he continues expressing his frustration to God about his situation. I wonder what was going on in David's mind when he wrote this.  He seems to jump from his suffering, to his sin, back to his suffering. Either he was mentally unstable, or he saw value in talking to God about what hurt him and acknowledging that he was far from perfect.

Attitude Adjustment

Here is what I believe: David goes before God to pour out his heart, to seek justice for the pain he is enduring. But then, he stops and seeks forgiveness. Maybe this was an attitude adjustment he was giving himself- which shows that we can control our thoughts and attitude when it they go astray. Maybe when David began, he was so absorbed in the problem; but then, when he realized this, he pleads for God's forgiveness. And having dealt with the plank in his own eye, he can ask God- from a sincere heart- to save him from those that want to hurt him.

He seeks God's faithfulness, because he has been faithful to God. He has taken refuge in God. He has not turned to alcohol or women or other idols for comfort. He has gone to the only One who can truly give him peace in the midst of the storm, and he has put his hope in God.  He knew that life was throwing him curve after curve and he trusted in God despite that.

I love the last line: "May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you." I think that honesty and integrity are simply the bi-products that come from putting trust and hope in God. When we have the right perspective, honesty and integrity come naturally.

There are no coincidences

God spoke to my heart through a song this morning, and then affirmed that when we feel alone, we are NOT...through this Psalm. There are no coincidences. The song and this passage were cleverly orchestrated by a God who loves me relentlessly. A God who pursues me and comforts me when I feel alone. And no matter what I may go through in life, if my hope is in Him, I can face whatever comes. Because I am NOT alone. He is with me. And He is with you. He is with us.

Remember when your hope is lost and faith is shaken Remember when you wonder if you're gonna make it There's a hand stretched out through your deepest doubt We can't pretend to see the ending or what's coming up ahead To know the story of tomorrow But we can stay close to the One who knows

We can trust our God He knows what He's doing Though it might hurt now We won't be ruined It might seem there's an ocean in between But He's holding on to you and me And He's never gonna leave, no He is with us, He is with us Always, always He is with us, He is with us Always

We believe there is purpose, there is meaning in everything We surrender to His leading He wants nothing more than to have us close

We can trust our God He knows what He's doing Though it might hurt now We won't be ruined It might seem there's an ocean in between But He's holding on to you and me And He's never gonna leave, no He is with us, He is with us Always, always He is with us, He is with us Always

Our faith is sealed Our hope is real Come what may We're not afraid Our faith is sealed Our hope is real Come what may We're not afraid We're not afraid

We can trust our God Always, always We can trust our God Always, always

We can trust our God He knows what He's doing Though it might hurt now We won't be ruined It might seem there's an ocean in between But He's holding on to you and me And He's never gonna leave, no He is with us, He is with us Always, always He is with us, He is with us Always, always He is with us, He is with us Always, always He is with us, He is with us Always Our God is with us

 

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