Be patient.... Strengthen your hearts.... You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.... Are any among you suffering? They should pray.... The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective(James 5:7-8,11,13,16,NRSV).
**Takeaway: Is any one suffering? Let him pray. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you(Psalm 9:9-10, NRSV).
**Takeaway: The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed.
O my soul, don't be discouraged. Don't be upset. Expect God to act! For I know that I shall again have plenty of reason to praise him for all that he will do. He is my help! He is my God!... O my soul, why be so gloomy and discouraged? Trust in God!... He will make me smile again(Psalms 42:11; 43:5).
**Takeaway: O my soul, why be so gloomy and discouraged? He will make me smile again.
|DOES GOD HEAR MY CRIES FOR HELP?|
The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble. and the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him(Psalm 37:39-40, NKJV).
**Takeaway: The salvation of the righteous is frome the Lord.
I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth---praise to our God(Psalm 40:1-3, NKJV).
**Takeaway: The Lord inclined to me and heard my cry.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.... The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears(Psalm 34:15,17, NKJV).
**Takeaway: The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears.
In the Lord I put my trust.... The Lord is righteous; He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright(Psalm 11:1,7,NKJV).
**Takeaway: His countenance beholds the upright.
I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me ?... It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man(Psalm 118:5-6,8,NKJV).
**Takeaway: The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in HIm, and He shall bring it to pass.... Wait on the Lord(Psalm 37:4-5,34,NKJV).
**Takeaway: He shall bring to pass. Wait on the Lord.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.... I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. For You, O God, have heard my vows(Psalm 61:2,4-5, NKJV).
**Takeaway: Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
|IS GOD INTERESTED IN ME?|
How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can't even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!... God's truth stands firm like a great rock, and nothing can shake it. It is a foundation stone with these words written on it:"The Lord knows those who are really his"(Psalm 139:17-18; 2 Timothy 2:19).
**Takeaway: How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly!
Have I not comanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.... Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me(Joshua 1:9; Psalm 54:4, NIV).
**Takeaway: God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
Aren't five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one sparrow is forgotten by God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows! (Luke 12:6-7, TEV).
**Takeaway: Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.... The Lord keeps close watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are loyal to him(1 Peter 5:7; 2 Chronicles 16:9, TEV).
**Takeaway: The Lord keeps close watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are loyal to him.
He holds our lives in his hands, and he holds our feet to the path.... I will tell you what he did for me; For I cried to him for help with praises ready on my tongue.... He listened! He heard my prayer! HE paid attention to it! Blessed be God, who didn't turn away when I was praying, and didn't refuse me his kindness and love (Psalm 66:9, 16-18,20).
**Takeaway: I cried to him for help! He listened! He heard my paryer! He paid attention to it!
He has put his brand upon us--his mark of ownership--and given us his Holy Spirit in our hearts as guarantee that we belong to him and as the first installment of all that he is going to give us(2 Corinthians 1:22).
**Takeaway: He has put his brand upon us.
You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts. You see me, whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions. Even before I speak, you already know what I will say. You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power(Psalm 139:2-5, TEV).
**Takeaway: You see me whether I am working or resting.
|DOES GOD UNDERSTAND HOW I FEEL?|
I am poor and weak, yet the Lord is thinking about me right now! O my God, you are my helper. You are my Savior.... You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book(Psalms 40:17; 56:8).
**Takeaway: You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle!
The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.... The Lord is near to all who call on him(Psalm 145:14,18, NIV).
**Takeaway: The Lord upholds all those who fall.
"Comfort, yes, comfort my people," says your God.... Don't you yet understand? Don't you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak(Isaiah 40:1,28-29).
**Takeaway: He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak.
Since he himself has now been through suffering and temptation, he knows what it is like when we suffer and are tempted, and he is wonderfully able to help us(Hebrews 2:18).
**Takeaway: He himself has been through sufferring; he knows what it is like when we suffer.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted... He crowns you with love and compassion(Psalms 34:18; 103:4, NIV).
**Takeaway: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my protion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him"(Lamentations 3:22-24, NRSV).
**Takeaway: His mercies are new every morning.
I will bind you to me forever with chains of righteousness and justice and love and mercy(Hosea 2:19).
**Takeaway: I will bind you to me forever with chains of love and mercy.
|DOES GOD PROTECT HIS OWN?|
The Lord says, "I will make my people strong with power from me! They will go wherever they wish, and wherever they go they will be under my personal care"(Zechariah 10:12).
**Takeaway: Wherever they go, my people will be under my personal care.
Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will be my shield? I whould have died unless the Lord had helped me. I screamed, "I'm slipping, Lord!" and he was kind and saved me. Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in trumoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer(Psalm 94:16-19).
**Takeaway: Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my mind is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore(Psalm 121:5-8, NKJV).
**Takeaway: The Lord is your keeper... your shade at your right hand.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?... Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear.... In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock(Psalm 27:1,3,5,NKJV).
**Takeaway: In the time of trouble, he shall hide me in his pavilion. He shall set me high upon a rock.
The Angel of the Lord guards and rescues all who reverence him.... Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those of us who reverence the Lord will never lack any good thing. Sons and daughters, come and listen and let me teach you the importance of trusting and fearing the Lord(Psalm 34:7,10-11).
**Takeaway: The Angel of the Lord guards and rescues all who reverence him.
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.... When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back. This I know, because God is for me.... In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?(Psalm 56:3,9,11,NKJV).
**Takeaway: In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid.