“He reached down and drew me from the deep, dark hole where I was stranded, mired in the muck and the clay.
With a gentle hand, He pulled me out to set me down safely on a warm rock;
He held me until I was steady enough to continue the journey again.”
Psalm 40:2 (VOICE)
Have you ever been so low that “up” is the only way out? If you find yourself in a situation like that today, remember that God is the ROCK in your bedrock. No matter how deeply mired you are in life’s muck and the clay, He is right there beside you ~ ready to take your hand in His and lift you to higher ground. He sees each teardrop that streams down your cheeks and hears your cries for help. His love is greater than anything you are going through.
So go ahead and reach out to God’s gentle grasp. He will pull you out of that dark hole where you find yourself stranded, and set you down safely on a firm foundation. He will hold you there, wrapped in His divine embrace, until you are steady enough to continue on your journey again. In your weakness, He will be your strength.
Take comfort in knowing that He is the Rock at the bottom of your pit!
“The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Savior; my God is my Rock in whom I find protection. He is my Shield, the Power that saves me, and my Place of Safety.” Psalm 18:2 (NLT)
“On the day I needed You,
I called, and You responded
and infused my soul with strength.”
Psalm 138:3 (VOICE)
Do you need an infusion of strength in your soul? Then plug into your Divine Power Source through prayer.
Prayer is your direct connection to God. It is sharing what’s on your heart with your Heavenly Father ~ not that God doesn’t already know what’s on your heart, because He knows that better than you can even express it to Him. But by expressing your heart’s desires to Him, you acknowledge your dependence on Him and your gratitude for His blessings and help. In fact, one of the shortest verses in all the Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT) says simply, “Pray continually.” So in other words, in all circumstances, never stop talking to God and sharing your heart with Him.
- When you are worried, pray.
- When you are afraid, pray.
- When you are thankful, pray.
- When you are sick, pray.
- When you’re in need, pray.
- When you’re heartbroken, pray.
- When you are confused, pray.
- When you are happy, pray.
- When you need courage, pray.
- When you need comfort, pray.
- When you need forgiveness, pray.
Even though God doesn’t always answer your prayers in the exact way you think He should, you can be confident that:
- He bends down to listen ~ “Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Psalm 116:2 (NLT)
- He hears your prayers~ “We live in the bold confidence that God hears our voices when we ask for things that fit His plan.” 1 John 5:14 (VOICE)
- And He answers your prayers ~ “I will answer their prayers before they finish praying.” Isaiah 65:24 (CEV)
So tap into your heavenly source of soul strength through prayer, and remember this good advice, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Phil 4:6 (MSG)
“Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)
“You can get anything—anything you ask for in prayer—if you believe.” Matthew 21:22 (TLB)
You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
Psalm 56:8 (NLT)
Is anyone crying? God is listening.
In fact He cherishes you so much that He catches each one of your tears with tender compassion and records them in His ledger. Not one tiny tear goes unnoticed by God. You are precious to Him, and He cares deeply about your pain.
“This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears;”
Isaiah 38:5b (NIV)
If you are overwhelmed with a heavy burden of sorrow, grief, regret or heartache, your loving Heavenly Father promises to be close to you. He keeps a watchful eye on His children, and His ears hear your faintest cries. He comforts those who are crushed in spirit.
“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. “
Psalm 34: 17-18 NIV
If you are brokenhearted, you are not alone in your agony; the Lord is right there beside you. He knows your most private anguish. So when you feel like no one cares or understands, remember that God sees your weeping and hears your cries. He keeps an account of your sorrows and collects each precious tear. God even promises that those tears, like tiny seeds, will one day reap a harvest of joy!
“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:5
“The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces;” Isaiah 25:8b
The mountains may disappear,
and the hills may become dust,
but my faithful love will never leave you.
I will make peace with you,
and it will never end.”
The Lord who loves you said this.
Isaiah 54:10 (ERV)
No matter what…
God’s faithful love will never leave you, and HIS peace will never end. The shock of any catastrophic event in life does not shake God’s rock solid promises nor does it dilute His never-ending love for His children. Friends may disappoint us, health may fail us, enemies may come against us, relationships may break our hearts…mountains may disappear, and the hills [or even buildings] may become dust…but God will never leave us alone. He is our Shelter, our Comforter, our Friend, our Protector, our Provider, and our Prince of Peace.
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you… ” Deuteronomy 33:27
(This post in remembrance of 9/11, U.S.A.)