Have you ever felt like you were holding on by a thread, like everything around you was falling apart? If yes, then you are in good company. The man after God’s own heart in the Bible, David, felt this way more than one time. As you read the book of Psalms, you see David with internal turmoil, intense anguish, great pain, and an ample amount of suffering because of what was happening around him.
Psalm 55:1-5 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;
Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.
My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
If we are being honest with ourselves, most of us have felt this way in our lives at one point or another, so I want you to know that you are not alone.
Read that again…
You. Are. Not. Alone.
As you continue to read through Psalms, David expressed himself to the Lord and the heartache he felt, but I noticed one thing David always came back to, he always came back to the unfailing love of GOD, he prayed and gave God praise.
I truly believe this is how David made it through difficult times. He acknowledged his pain, but he also acknowledged that His God was greater, that His God was his strong tower, and that His God would see him through. David learned to encourage himself with the Word of God despite what he saw, felt, and was experiencing.
Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
As we struggle with our own weaknesses in this world, God gives us His strength. He gives us His Word to comfort us and He gives us His promises of peace and hope. What chains can God not break? What valley do you walk through that God does not walk with you? What trial do you face that your God has not already overcome? Is there anything too hard for the Lord? He says that nothing is impossible with Him. Fear not and just believe.
You can praise your way through the other side of this, whatever “this” is. Keep holding on, and if you’re only holding on by a thread, make sure it is the thread at the hem of Jesus’ garment, because that thread is strong enough to see you through to the end.
Hebrews 2:18 (NLT) Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
There will always be a test.
But the good news is Jesus is always the answer.
Never let go. God is strong enough. Never give up. God is greater. Never stop fighting. God will give you strength for the battle.
Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight
You’re still in the fight, don’t give up, not now, not ever.
Remember what the Lord has done. Remember His power. Remember who He is. Remember who you are in Him.
God’s promises are forever faithful.
Keep holding on!