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The Lenten Journey – Trusting You

I Am Trusting In You
Psalm 31:9-16

Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress. My sight is blurred because of my tears. My body and soul are withering away.
 I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness. Misery has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within.
 I am scorned by all my enemies and despised by my neighbors— even my friends are afraid to come near me. When they see me on the street, they turn the other way.
 I have been ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot.
I have heard the many rumors about me, and I am surrounded by terror. My enemies conspire against me, plotting to take my life.
But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, “You are my God!”
My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
 Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, save me.

Psalm 31:9-16 (NLT)

This psalm is more than a figure of speech expressing a saddened heart. This is the cry of one totally consumed with grief and distress…eyesight is blurred, appetite is destroyed, nerves on edge, strength is depleted, fear is paralyzing and the mind cannot accommodate any thought other than misery. Then there are enemies who gloat and despise him, neighbors and friends who reject and avoid him as though as they are full of contagion. All circumstances seem to be omens of disaster and destruction.
The Psalmist is ignored and rejected. His physical strength is depleted. He is also broken in spirit. The psalmist then makes the emphatic declaration: “But I am trusting in you, O LORD, saying, “You are my God!”

Therein lies the lesson for us. We need not pretend that situations are good when they are not. We can recognize problems and grieve over hurts—but not as those who have no hope! (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

This is more than a ‘death benefit’. God knows how you hurt. God cares. God iswaiting for you to dethrone trouble, and says Oh LORD, You are my God!

We know that God sees all and is in control of all. Know that God does not desert His children in trouble and does not turn away or refuse to listen to them. Know that God is constantly at work on your behalf and working all circumstances together for your benefit.

Believe that God has your future in His hands. Believe that His love is unfailing. Believe that God alone can save. Then, confidently ask for God’s favor to shine on you and for God’s love to rescue and save you.

Rev. Anne Ribbins Russ
Calvary Hill Baptist Church
Cleveland, OH



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