Tuesday, May 6, 2014

O Lord!

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) lately, you'll know that I've been going through a rather stressful time of my life.

My health problems have been rampant for so long now.  Lately, I've found it discouraging, especially hearing that I may not be done being cut open to have more surgery.

And, as you've probably read lately, it hasn't been easy feeling like I haven't had much support.

Even so, I always give my thoughts and problems to my Lord.  And, read God's Word, the Bible.

Every year, I read through the entire Bible.  This year, I am ahead of the annual plan.  I began reading Psalms, last week.

Psalm 38 is one that shocked me.  Yes, I've read it, before.  But, even so, it struck me as being almost exactly how I have felt recently.

Upon reading it over again, I understood completely that I could totally relate to this Psalm of David.

For you to read it, here is Psalm 38, "O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
21 Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.
22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation."

Believe it or not, reading Psalm 38 lifted me up.  It encouraged me.

How?  Why?

It reminded me that I am not the only person who has gone through what seems to be endless trials in my life.

Reading the last verse, reminded me that even though I am going through heartbreaking trials at the moment, all I have to do is continue looking to my Lord, to help me.  And, ask Him for help.  Just as I've been doing, all along.

Thank You, Lord. 

Thank You, for always being there for me.  For lifting me up and encouraging me.  And, for providing for me, in every way, including all my needs.

Thank You, for loving me.  And, giving Yourself to be the sacrifice that ends all sacrifices. 

For by doing this, You've given me and others a way to gain salvation.  By simply trusting in/believing upon You.

Hallelujah!  I praise You, and always will!

Until next time...

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