“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress.” – Psalm 107:6,13,19,28
Four times in the same chapter, the very same words appear again and again. When something is repeated in scripture, I find that I am meant to take notice. First and foremost, I notice that in times of trouble, we are to cry out to our Creator. Fortunately, this has been fairly forthright, and is almost automatic when times of trouble travel my way. My big “ah-ha” comes in the second half of the verse, “and He delivered them from their distress.” Trouble, to me, is the actual situation or scenario that is causing distress. It does not say He will take away our trouble, rather it says, “He delivered them from their distress.” He will take the punch out of the panic and provide His peace in the press.
He does not promise a trouble-free life, in fact, the Bible tells us that we will have trouble, but we will always have His presence to provide peace. “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Not only does He promise to be present and provide peace, but He will also use our tests, and turn them into testimonies. He ultimately uses all things for good for those who earnestly seek Him. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we cry out to You in our times of trouble, Your permanent presence will provide peace, even in the middle of the press. Teach us to trust and turn to You, be it in times of trouble, or in peace. May we be ever willing to wait on You when the waves are crashing all around, and may our every test become a testimony that gives all glory to You. Great is Your faithfulness forever! Amen.
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