WHEN THE SEA GETS CHOPPY…

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
 
psalm 119 boat on clear day
When life is going well with all the ducks in a row emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually it is easy to smile, feeling the joy of God’s salvation in us and trust that God is there with us. But in an instant, life as you know it, changes. It is not smooth sailing as clouds of doubt move in. A sudden storm brews on the horizon causing the waves to rise. Our confidence is tested.
 
We can ride it out by ourselves or cry out for the One who has always given us strength to keep going, a way to navigate through it and the ability to learn from it. You can’t stop in the psalm 119 boat in choppy watersmiddle of the lake, you must take action! But how? IT could be anything from troubled relationships to illness to financial troubles with unexpected expenses not in the budget or a combination of all these life storms. IT could be betrayal, injustice and humiliation through abuse. IT could be an addiction you are trying to overcome.
 
Crying out to God is not a sign of weakness but of honest, brute strength in knowing where our true confidence and strength lies. It is knowing Who loves us most, above all human efforts to love. It is knowing Who stands ready to show us how to navigate life in ways that will teach us so that we will be ready for the next storm. The Psalmist knows, in the midst of God’s teaching of His Word, WHO to turn to first. And so, he does….
 
Psalm 119, The Message
Part Four
 
25-32
psalm 119 desperate
I’m feeling terrible—I couldn’t feel worse!
Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember?
When I told my story, you responded;
train me well in your deep wisdom.
Help me understand these things inside and out
so I can ponder your miracle-wonders.
My sad life’s dilapidated, a falling-down barn;
build me up again by your Word.
psalm 119 stormBarricade the road that goes Nowhere;
grace me with your clear revelation.
I choose the true road to Somewhere,
I post your road signs at every curve and corner.
I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me;
God, don’t let me down!
I’ll run the course you lay out for me
if you’ll just show me how.
 
HEART CHECK:
 
What road are you on at the moment?  
 
Do you feel you are on the road to Nowhere or Somewhere?
 
psalm 119 dependence
As the Psalmist prays for help, we see honesty, trust, and love for God. We remember that the basic theme of Psalm 119 is the practical use of the Word of God in the life of the believer. He knows God has the answers and relies on his wisdom, insight and understanding to dwell in him as he lives life, overcoming earthly life stuff. He trusts in God to show him the way. He clings to what God has already done. He cherishes God’s instructions to him in the past.
 
What have you learned from past troubles?
How did God show you the way through it then?
 
psalm 119 all our heartsThank God right now for all He has done, is doing and will do. Sometimes we forget all the past troubles that God helped us through. Remembering, (not dwelling on the pain but on the praise of God), our confidence is renewed for now and for whatever lies ahead.
 
He is God and we are not. We are His work in progress. We pray. God works. God consistently works in us, for us and through us to be all He intended for us to be. His love never fails. His mercy and grace are amazing.
 
Know God. Know His Word that became flesh and moved into our neighborhood to live, die and rise again for us to save us. Know His Holy Spirit who guides us from Nowhere to Somewhere.
 
psalm 119 word
Dear Heavenly Father,
Our own boat got caught in a brief storm this week, but You stepped in when I cried out to You. You helped me to see another way to go. You taught me once more how to navigate through the storm. I love and trust You with all that is in me. You are, indeed, the chain breaker to set us free, the way-maker to show us how to get to You and hear You and the pain breaker that heals our brokenness. Thank you, Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
And I’m singing…(Chain Breaker by Zach Williams)
 
If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside
There’s a better life
There’s a better life
 
If you’ve got pain
He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost
He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He’s a chain breaker
 
We’ve all search for the light of day in the dead of night
We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight
We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right
And there’s a better life
There’s a better life
 
If you’ve got pain
He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost
He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He’s a chain breaker
 
If you believe it
If you receive it
If you can feel it
Somebody testify…

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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