Psalm 61 brings me such comfort, especially verse 2. “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Lately, our life has been quite exciting. God has been sharing amazing things He has been calling us to for our future but at the same time our heart has also been burdened with something that only He can understand. I have been learning more and more that He is Sovereign and that He is in control of my life. Not even a hair from my head falls without His knowledge so how much more is He in control of the desires and details of my life? This life of mine isn’t even mine. It is His to do with as He chooses. I am His, bought with a price, living to carry out His purposes, to display His glory. There is no such thing as purpose for my life that is apart from my Creator.
Father, please speak peace to my heart in this struggle of worry and doubt on my not-so-good days. This is the life of the one who follows Christ. We have great days then we have the not-so-great days (and this is ok! as a dear friend reminded me yesterday.) The struggles of life will be present in this sinful state. The problem of sin is present in the life of the believer but, in Christ, we have been delivered from the power of sin! The amazing thing about this, though, is that we are never alone and Christ our Rock is able to carry us through and past these hardships, as He is our firm foundation.
I was listening to a Ravi Zacharias message two days ago where he shared quite a powerful thought from G. K. Chesterton : “For the Christian, joy is the central feature of life and sorrow is peripheral, because in the gospel the fundamental questions of life are answered and it is the peripheral ones that are relatively unanswered. For the atheist, sorrow is central and joy peripheral, because only the peripheral questions have answers and the central ones remain unanswered.” Therefore, regardless of the circumstances we face, the joy of those of us who belong to Christ is central despite the rest of the peripheral “sorrowful” emotions that fluctuate in and out of the seasons of hardships we face.
O how blessed are we to have a loving Savior who helps us navigate through this life into the next! Our purpose is linked to the One who loves us and gave Himself for us and not to our situations and circumstances! How reassuring is this for the believer!
Thank you, Father, for helping us stand on the promises of Your Word. In You, we are complete and armed with strength for the bad days and we can truly say that Even in this, You are Sovereign.
Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah
For You, O God, have heard my vows;
You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.
You will prolong the king’s life,
His years as many generations.
He shall abide before God forever.
Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!
So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
That I may daily perform my vows.