Take your Troubles to the Throne
Posted: Monday, December 1
1 John 2:1-17
Verse of the day:
I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer. (Psalm 120:1)
The psalmist had lived for an extended period of time with people that were always causing him trouble. The attacks he experienced were so severe that it felt like he was living surrounded by savages. Who were these savages? Deceitful liars. People that kept either lying and deceiving him or lying and deceiving others to turn them against him. Either way, he was living in Israel, but felt he was living with savages. Their lies and deception didn’t make him feel at home in his own place! In frustration, he said “I search for peace; but when I speak of peace, they want war!” (Ps. 120:7).
In his anguish, he cried to the Lord. He was confident that the Lord heard him. He believed that regardless of his present circumstances –because he prayed – God was going to make everything alright. After everything was said and done, he declared “I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.” (Ps. 120:1).
Have you ever been a victim of the lies and deception of others? You may have been lied to and deceived by someone closed to you and, now, home doesn’t feel like home anymore. You may feel like you are living with strangers. You may feel like every time you speak of peace war ensues. In short, you may feel like the psalmist. Today, I encourage you to follow the psalmist’s example. In the midst of your anguish, take your troubles to the throne of God and believe he hears you. God will make everything alright in the end and you will be able to say “I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.” (Ps. 120:1).