Psalm 119:81-88 NLT I am worn out waiting for Your rescue, but I have put my hope in Your word. My eyes are straining to see Your promises come true. When will You comfort me? I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, but I have not forgotten to obey Your decrees. How long must I wait? When will You punish those who persecute me? These arrogant people who hate Your instructions have dug deep pits to trap me. All Your commands are trustworthy. Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause. They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon Your commandments. In Your unfailing love, spare my life; then I can continue to obey Your laws.
The psalmist got tired of waiting. He was worn out, yet still he trusted in God. He waited for God to comfort, vindicate and protect him. Have you ever been so weary that your soul cried out, I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke? Probably not, as we do not even have wineskins that we hang up to dry in the fire anymore. They put wine in bottles. We don’t even fully understand what he means. We may have said something more familiar like I am so sick and tired of…. (fill in the blank).
The psalmist says his very appearance was wrinkled with despair. He was falsely slandered, and who did he turn to? Who is there, in our most difficult situations, that truly can help except the Lord our God? Some might dare to offer a small amount of consolation but He is the Only One who can deliver, heal, provide, judge and strengthen us. When we fully trust the Lord, He can make a way where there seems to be no way (Isaiah 43:19).
The thing is, we don’t always turn immediately to the Lord when we are facing trials and tribulations, and that should be the very first thing that we do. Instead of going to a friend or family member first when some offense comes to us in our life, we need to bring our petitions, problems and trials to the Lord (Philippians 4:6). Let’s quit trying to justify ourselves and sit back and watch as the Lord fights our battles (Deuteronomy 20:4). I am not saying not to speak the truth in love. We should all be doing that. What I am saying is to take all of our brokenness, hurt feelings, desires and struggles to the Lord first. He is our judge, helper, friend, vindicator, strength and hope. There is no-one worthy of judging all except Him.
James 4:12 NLT God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?
Ephesians 4:15 NIV Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Philippians 4:4-7 NLT Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Oh most merciful, holy and righteous Father,
We humbly come before Your throne asking You to grant us wisdom. The discernment in knowing when to speak and when to be silent. We ask You to help us bring any and all situations that occur in our lives to You first of all and that You would speak to our hearts as to what to do with every single thing that happens to us. Grant us wisdom to know what to say when You want us to say something and the knowledge to know when to be silent, letting You be the Judge. Help us to realize that You are fighting our battles. And that if You are for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) I pity the person who tries to stand against You, or the person who hurts one of Your children. Your word says it would be better for that person to have a millstone hung around their neck and cast into the sea, than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin (Matthew 18:6). We need to be so careful, Lord, and trust You to take care of these things in our lives. Help us to pray for Your mercy on our enemies as Jesus did. Let us turn to You first and pray Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Then sit back and only act in the way that You have told us to. May we ever be pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Remember it all comes down to a choice. God gave us a free will. It is up to us whether we choose Him or not.
To know Jesus more personally read the following