Guest Post by Chris Gallagher
Prayer Text Today is Psalm 42
He has never let me down before, but that day was different. I felt like many things were falling down around me. I was out of breathe and out of energy. The road I was on was wearing me thin. I felt off track and lost; my way was not working. I knew He was there, but I had to take the step towards Him…it was my choice.
I felt the thirst for Him, but I needed to speak to Him,
“My soul thirsts for God, the living God…My tears have been my food day and night…” (Psalm 42.2-3)
My eyes had shed tears and now I was calling out to him in the middle of my distress. I was broken, worn down and ready for His hand to guide me. As my eyes gazed upward, my words flowed from my heart, “Ok, here I am. What do I do? Where do I go? I am tired of trying and I am ready. Where shall I begin?”
I knew He was there, I just had to remember. I needed to remember my relationship with Him and the relationship of those before. He was always there and He will be there still.
“These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.” (Psalm 42.4)
While I felt like things were falling down around me, I knew he was always with me. As I called out to Him, I was reminded of His constant blessings. I felt like others where against me, and crying out, “Where is Your God?”
The words of the Psalm echo in my ears,
“Why are you cast down, Oh my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? (Psalm 42.5)
He was there.
“Hope (trust) in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” (Psalm 42.5)
I needed to look up and reach for Him again. My words had called out and my life ready to open to His will.
What did I need to do?
I needed to trust. It was hard to trust; but why shouldn’t I? He was always there before. His hands were always over me and His words were always true. When I did not understand and the world cried out against me (Psalm 42.10), His arms were open.
Not only did I need to trust Him, but I needed to praise Him again (Psalm 42.11). Praising Him was easier when I remember how He had always been there before. Because of the past, I knew He would be there again.
Beyond trust and praise, I needed to realize that in Him was my salvation (Psalm 42.11). He provides the way to the life I want, the life I need and the rest I desire. He is my salvation.
So my friends, why are you cast down? Why is there turmoil in your soul?
He is waiting on you. Reach you hand to Him and trust. Trust in him more because you remember your past and praise Him in your future. Praise Him for who He is and where He brought you from. He is your salvation and your God.
Trust Him…Trust Him today.
Chris Gallagher is the preaching minister for the Gadsden Church of Christ in Gadsden, Alabama. Chris is married to his beautiful wife, Carrie, and they have three wonderful children; Alexis, Emma and Caleb.
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