Morning devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:143  ¶Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

Trouble, Trouble and anguish come from two directions, from without the body and from within the body. We have circumstantial troubles, troubles of enemies and foes. Trouble come in the form of finances and relationships, cars and homes and repairs. etc. We have troubles in society and government. Covid and the reaction to it is one of our troubles today.

Then we have troubles from within. We have health issues to include physiological, mental, emotional and phycological troubles.  

In regard to anguish, people have trouble trusting and confiding and entertain worries about the future and sustenance and in come cases, survival. Where will I get my food, medicine, healthcare, money and the list goes on and on.

What in the world do we do when trouble raises its head in our personal life?   

We go to the word of God.  Psalms 119:143  ¶Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

At the local convenience store, I was purchasing things for our men’s retreat. At the counter a lady stepped up in front of me and bought scratch off lottery tickets. Then I purchased my stuff and left. In the parking lot, she was in her car scratching her tickets. The vehicle she was in was dilapidated and rusted and taped in places. Yet there she was scratching away. I walked up to her car and gave her a gospel tract exclaiming that once I myself was the same way. I trusted in chance to provide for my needs. Now I trust in Jesus and God’s wonderful word. She grabbed the tract and exclaimed, “I just do this for a hobby.” Her circumstances told me different. Her demeanor in the store told me different. Her desperation told me different.

People do all sorts of things to bring relief to their troubles. I once had a lady lie to me about her financial woes so she could buy medicine. We helped her, only to find that she lied. One person told me they vote for the party that gives them the most medical benefits regardless of the effect on others. They were afraid for themselves and their provision.

People do all sorts of things to ward off trouble and anguish. David said, “yet thy commandments are my delights.”

The Lord said: Matthew 6:25  ¶Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought (don’t worry) for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27  Which of you by taking thought  (by worrying) can add one cubit unto his stature?

28  And why take ye thought (worry) for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31  Therefore take no thought (don’t worry), saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34  Take therefore no thought (don’t worry) for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

My Christian friend, when you worry, you are, in essence, telling God you don’t trust him. That is sin.

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7  ¶Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

My unsaved friend, when it comes to eternal things, what are you trusting in?

John 20:31  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook