Weary and Thankful

Posted By on September 29, 2014

Clasped hands on troubled man

By Lee G

Psalms 31:9-10 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity and my bones waste away.

Ps. 6:2-3,6 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O lord, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord—how long? I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.

It’s easy for us to identify the adversity and disappointments in our lives and let ourselves become swept away by each days’ troubles, but how often can you say that you’ve been deeply grieved or overcome with sorrow? We tend to try to work through our everyday troubles with our own strength and understanding before bringing it before the Lord. And here we see the psalmist David is lamenting his life and soul greatly due to his own failures and weaknesses. Normally when we think of David and the Psalms we think of rejoicing, thanksgiving, and the powerful encouragement that his devotion to the Heavenly Father brings us; however, David was just like you and me, not immune to the pain and sadness that the world brings. I can count on one hand probably the times I’ve been deeply saddened, and the question is how do we respond? In these times we find ourselves digging deeply and crying out to God for answers, and David’s responses hold the key to how we should react— in his Psalms his cries for mercy are surrounded with leaning on God’s Love and His righteousness and promises. Ps. 16:5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. Ps 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Ps. 31:21,24 Blessed be the Lord, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

One of the key themes throughout Psalms that shows us how to react is thanksgiving. David continuously gave thanks to the Lord despite his weariness. Ps. 7:17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. Ps. 9:1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. We can take a look at what the Lord has done already for us and praise His name and trust that he will continue to do a good work in us. It’s in these times that we really learn how to grow spiritually by leaning not on our understanding and trusting in God’s goodness. This will build our faith allowing God’s power to be made perfect in our weakness, and we will learn to take the seemingly smallest troubles before the Lord in prayer, although there is nothing too little or too big for God to deliver us from! When we are weary, we can be encouraged by giving thanks to the Lord knowing He will be our portion and sustain us.

Colossians 3:15-16 And let the peace of Christ rule in your heart, to which indeed you were called in one body and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God

Philippians: 4:4-6 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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