05/16/15 — Seeking God in Difficult Times

READING: Psalm 3-4, 12-13, 28, 55

TEXTS AND APPLICATION:  Many of these psalms deal with trusting God in difficult times (like David's trusting God during Absalom's rebellion). They remind us who God is while calling us to flee to God's side for help. 

1. God really is our refuge:

Psa. 3:3  But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head.

Psa. 4:3  Know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for Himselfthe Lord will hear when I call to Him.

Psa. 12:7  You, Lord, will guard usYou will protect us from this generation forever.

Psa. 13:6  I will sing to the Lord because He has treated me generously.

Psa. 28:7a  The Lord is my strength and my shieldmy heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.

Psa. 55:22  Cast your burden on the Lordand He will sustain youHe will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

2. Running to Him in prayer is the right move:

Psa. 3:4  I cry aloud to the Lordand He answers me from His holy mountain.

Psa. 4:1  Answer me when I callGod, who vindicates me. You freed me from affliction; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

Psa. 13:3a  Consider me and answer, Lord my God.

Psa. 28:2  Listen to the sound of my pleading when I cry to You for helpwhen I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

Psa. 55:17  I complain and groan morning, noon, and nightand He hears my voice.

PRAYER:  When we run to the Lord in prayer, we "both lie down and sleep in peace" (Psa. 4:8a). Pray that you and I will see prayer as a first resort– not a last resort. Pray that I will give Him all my cares today.   

TOMORROW'S READING: 2 Samuel 16-18