Our Help In Times of Trouble
‘But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your maidservant.’
— Psalm 86:15-16
When David wrote this psalm, he was going through a troublesome time. God’s people are not exempt from trouble.
Job 14:1 declared,
Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.
When trouble comes in your life, remember two very important things.
First, remember the character of God. No other verse in the Bible describes the character of God more adequately than Psalm 86:15.
He is loving, gracious, extremely patient, full of mercy, and trustworthy. He never changes and is always the same. The character of God is the bedrock of the Christian faith.
Second, remember the power of prayer. David did not pray in generalities. He asked God for four specific things in his time of trouble.
He asked for God’s presence (“turn to me”), God’s mercy, God’s strength, and God’s deliverance (“save the son”). Who could ever need more than that?
No matter what kind of trouble you may be going through, God is always sufficient to meet your need.
Prayer is not simply polite conversation with God. Real prayer is calling on God to be all that He is in every situation in your life.
Never be afraid to ask!
(Adapted from Grace, Hope, and Love by Johnny Hunt, copyright Thomas Nelson.)
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for who you are at all times. Thank you for your love, your amazing love. I ask that your presence will never depart from me. Let your mercy always prevail in my life. Deliver me from evil. Help me stay strong and firmly rooted in you through all seasons of life. In Jesus Name. Amen.