‘I will be with him in trouble’ (Psalm 91:15)
Sin is the parent of trouble; all sorrow originated in departing from God. It is generally occasioned by transgression, or sent as a preventative to a greater evil; it may be occasioned by good, for saints are sometimes persecuted for righteousness’ sake. It is intended to correct, improve, and to bring us near to God.
Whatever our trouble may be, if we are the Lord’s then He is with us; and with us for the most gracious purposes. He fixes the period of our troubles, and they cannot continue any longer than He thinks necessary. The Lord regulates the heat of the furnace, and He will not allow us to be tried more than we are able to bear. He sanctifies our troubles, and causes them to work for our good. He delivers out of trouble, when the purposes of His love are accomplished.
In every trouble, remember, God is especially present; He is with you to hear your prayer, to increase your strength, to direct your way, and to make you a conqueror. His grace is sufficient; His presence is sure; your deliverance in His time and way is certain. Therefore, “wait on the Lord, be of good courage; He will strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord” [Psalm 27:14].
He that hath made his refuge God,
Shall find a most secure abode,
Shall walk all day beneath His shade,
And there at night shall rest his head.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘My experience today is, “I will look up.” Psalm 5:3. Jesus is my all. I love him, believe in him, enjoy him – I want no more. What a blessed book the Bible is. I seem to see more of its glory, beauty, and simplicity than ever I did.’