No doubt David was experiencing a stressful situation when he wrote Psalm 69:1-3.
Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God. Psalm 69:1-3
I want to remind you that God called David a man after His own heart. If a man who God said was after His own heart went through the deep water of life, surely you and I must recognize that the deep water will rise in our own life.
The Surety of A Stressful Situation
Sometimes life is hard and overwhelming. Sometimes it is so painful and it breaks our heart. The storms of life threaten to drown our hopes, our dreams, our passion, our love, our families, and our marriages. I wrote about the Storms of Life in a previous blog post because they are a reality of life. We can’t avoid them and those storms are sure to put us in a stressful situation.
I remember many years ago my pastor saying we all fall into 1 of 3 categories as related to the storms of life. He said, we are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or going into a storm. Scripture also tells us that we are going to face storms, trials, and tribulations.
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,
as though some strange thing happened to you.
1 Peter 4:12
When Jesus spoke to His disciples about what was on the horizon just before His crucifixion. He said,
“These things I have spoken to you that you should not be made to stumble.”
Jesus told his disciples about the difficult things of life so that when they faced them they would not stumble. I want to remind you of that very thing, that when a stressful situation from a storm comes in your life, you do not stumble, but wholly trust and lean on Jesus.
How to Handle a Stressful Situation
You and I have a firm foundation in Jesus Christ. We have the Holy Spirit of the Living God on the inside and the Word of God at our fingertips. How do we walk through a stressful situation and overcome the deep water of a storm threatening us? I suggest we take a look at what David, a man after God’s own heart, did.
David loved and treasured God’s word!
And I will delight myself in Your commandments which I love. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes. Psalm 119:47-48
Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day long.
Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold!
My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly.
David faced many major storms in his life. 1 Kings 1:29 recorded his words at the end of his life.
“As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from EVERY distress…”
1 Kings 1:29
David did not say that God redeemed him from some of his life distresses. He didn’t say that God delivered him from most of his distresses. At the end of life, David said that the Lord had delivered him from EVERY distress.
Lord Help Us Love and Treasure Your Word!
You and I want to have that kind of testimony at the end of life. We too want to say, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from every distress, from every stressful situation.” I think the key is that David loved and valued God’s word as the very best treasure in his life. God’s word made a difference in David’s life and will make a difference in our life if we love and treasure it.
I want to encourage you today to make reading and knowing God’s word a top priority in your life. Elevate His word in your life and you will see its value when a life storm or stressful situation comes your way.
Dear Sister, taste and see that the Word of God is good and blessed is she who trusts in it!
Here is a worship video a friend shared with me while I was in a storm – There Is A Cloud. I have found great strength and encouragement through worship and I pray you do as well.