Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:03 AM

February 26, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:03 AM
Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:03 AM

Psalm 17

Submitted by Minister Eric Willis 

In our distress, we should turn to our redeemer.

David was distressed by persecution at the hands of Saul who was trying to kill him. The mental anguish he suffered under these circumstances gave impetus to one of the most profoundly focused prayers recorded in Scripture. In seeking the Lord, David sought protection and a hiding place of a spiritual nature when most men would seek to apprehend the security of a physical fortress.

David humbly invoked God’s attention to his plea and made his appeal concerning the longevity of his integrity with God. He not only shows us what he was doing in his prayer life but that he was, in fact, “doing life” with the Lord. He stated his devotion to God, identified his enemy and acknowledged God’s ability to protect, preserve and redeem him.

For those of us who work in corporate environments or teach in public school systems, it is not very difficult to identify with persecution. All it takes is one person with authority to target us with malicious intent and the anguish commences. Under these circumstances, our emotional and psychological distress has no bounds. Our season of suffering continues day and night regardless to whether we are on the job or away from it. These moments of complete helplessness should lead to some of the most profoundly focused prayers we will ever pray in our lifetime as we remind God of our faithfulness and integrity in every season of our lives.

Remain faithful in your distress and do not resort to the under-handed ways of the spiteful. Their wickedness will be their downfall as God upholds you.

Lord, we thank you for being a refuge and a hiding place in times of severe distress, for your strength is manifest in our times of weakness.
In Jesus Name, Amen

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