Persevering in Pain

“I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to Your Word.

I recounted my ways and You answered me; teach me Your decrees.

Let me understand the teaching of Your precepts; then I will meditate on Your wonders.

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to Your Word. 

Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through Your law. 

I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on Your laws. 

I hold fast to Your statutes, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame.

I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free.”

Psalm 119:25-32

This section is refreshingly honest. For those who struggle with depression or experience seasons of emotional turmoil, these words provide a voice to their pain. There are plenty of active verbs in this text which show us the rollercoaster of emotions the psalmist endured. It is also good to note how he takes action in the form of pleas and resolutions. He prays for God’s strength as he desires to take hold of the Scriptures and run- not limp along in life. God’s precious truth is restorative, reviving the weary soul, healing the sin-sick sinner. Redemption and perseverance is available to those who seek God. They will not be put to shame. 

Grace upon grace,

April

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