Friends of mine are facing incredible difficulties today… pain, disease, danger, financial challenges, family issues, marriage struggles, employment problems, difficulties with children… the list could go on! You may be one of those who are facing problems like that! You came to mind during my time of “coffee with the Lord” this morning as I read these words from Psalm 119:145-149…
“With my whole heart I cry; answer me O Lord! … I call to You; save me! … I rise before dawn and dry for help; I hope in Your words! … Hear my voice according to your steadfast love!”
Those words from the Psalm express what we need to do (and continue to do) in times of trouble… We need to cry out to the Lord! We need to appeal to His “steadfast love” (the Hebrew word is “hesed” – God’s covenant keeping love; His faithful, enduring, reliable love!)
The writer of Lamentations in the Bible expressed it well! In the midst of a terrifying, incredibly difficult time, when Jerusalem had been ravaged and destroyed – when destruction, pain and suffering were everywhere – he declared, “This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love (the “hesed”) of the Lord never ceases! His mercies never come to an end! They are new every morning! Great is Your faithfulness! ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him!” (Lamentations 3:21-24)
So regardless of what you are facing today, may I be a voice urging you to cry out to the Lord in your trouble and put your trust in His steadfast love!