[Calvary Chapel] 2015-11-12 - In the Face of Trials

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Psalms 43:5

Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary:

43:6-11 The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God of our mercies. David saw troubles coming from God's wrath, and that discouraged him. But if one trouble follow hard after another, if all seem to combine for our ruin, let us remember they are all appointed and overruled by the Lord.

I've had better days. Lately it seems that all my thoughts and plans go amiss. Clearly there is a message in all of this. David understood the trouble he was experiencing was for his own good. Being still and listening for the Lord is hard when you feel that you are in the cross hairs. Some of you know exactly what I mean.

In all of this I am reminded of David's response. The Common English Bible (CEB) Asks. "Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed?" The gentle rebuke David pens back at himself - "Hope in God". Of all the people or places to reach for help He is the most sure.

When Peter started to falter in the waves he called out to Jesus to save him, and Jesus was there for him. This is the way many of us come to the faith. We run through everything we can do and finally call on God.

The hymn, He Giveth More Grace (Public Domain) reminds us of several truths about trials. When we have reached the end of what we can do - God is just getting started. I leave you with the closing stanza. I find that music stores itself in my head in a way that the lyrics come back when I need them. I urge you to look the song up!

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

Based on James 4:6


Grace & Peace,

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All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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