Some of us stopped seeking God first. How can you be led out the valleys of the shadow of death if you do not seek help from God? Why am I experiencing all of these trials?” They think that if you obey God, He gives you a free pass from trials. I want to look at us and what we seek during those dark, gloomy, weary, and troubled times. He is our fortress, our guide and our light. We not going to the Father’s door and knocking on His door enough. When we are walking through those dark and gloomy times we ought to turn and seek God so that God can carry us through! Great job! The Lord can do that! Sounds like just what you need right now! Our difficult circumstances should drive us to examine our hearts, confess and forsake all known sin, and cry out to the Lord for His gracious deliverance, all for His glory and our ultimate good. But briefly note three things: As already noted, David is painfully aware of his sins, not only in the current situation, but going back to his youth. Psalm 25 teaches us to seek God in the hard times, no matter for what reason we are in those hard times. In seeking for a more spiritual dimension to my life, I joined a New Age organization. It includes prayer (the entire psalm is a prayer). During our times of distress we are at our weakest physically, mentally, and spiritually which makes us vulnerable to anything. I have struggled to understand this, because it seems to me that shame-based cultures, such as currently exist all over the Middle East, are pride-based cultures. God really is our refuge: Psa. The Hebrew word for “paths” refers to ruts made by wagon wheels passing over the same ground often. Note David’s situation: He has treacherous enemies that are seeking to exult in his demise (vv. Now women will tell you that some men have problem when it comes to asking for help. I’m so glad I have found you,I’m going through a,difficult time right now,praying to God for hope strwngth. 34:6-7), “Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.’”. So we put the equestrian property on the market. I think, “How could I have done those things? After David’s initial prayer (25:1-7), he pauses to review who the Lord is. Thus the first step in seeking the Lord during your hard times is to examine your heart and confess your sins, relying on His grace through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In verse 8, he refers to himself as a sinner. 4-5, 8-9, 12, 14) imply that he is confused in the midst of this mess. We’ve put together a list of the very best uplifting quotes for difficult times. He wants to enlarge our territory. He will hold us in the hollow of His hand and when we ask, He will help us through the hard times. Keeping faith in God during hard times can be extremely difficult. Here is a man who trusted in the Lord. We cannot be led into following after the ways of those that are blind, spiritually. There are many examples in the Bible of what happens when you do not seek God. O my God, in You I trust.” Calvin says (pp. God is already working behind the scenes on our behalf. In our times of distress we should seek God so that He can place us on top of His shoulders and leave us with no worries as He carries us. 3, 5, 21), because His timing is not always our timing. Biblical Commentary Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Psalm 37 Trusting God in Troubled Times The Rev. Here are four inspiring stories about finding faith and joy during trials—everything from job loss and unemployment to parenting issues and life-threatening illnesses. The bank was only willing to give us a two-year note. To walk in God’s ways means to obey Him (v. 10). Where can the blind lead the blind but into a ditch? It would be ludicrous to ask God to teach us His ways or paths if we were not seeking to walk in them. Perhaps you can only afford $50 per month extra. Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? We don’t go asking God enough. Jesus guaranteed us trials in our lifetime, but He has given us many ways to get through them. During our times of distress we could be liable to fall for any kind of help that is offered. 2, 3, 20). It’s easier said than done but rejoice in your hard times by looking for the Lord in your situation. David prays for the Lord to teach him His ways (25:4-5, 8-9). They have gained the advantage over David, because he describes his feet as already caught in their net (25:15). We were praying for property so that we could grow. Read the Word. Calvin also points out that David directed all his desires and prayers to God alone. By Peter Anderson 246 Comments-The content of this website often contains affiliate links and I may be compensated if you buy through those links (at no cost to you!). Time and time again throughout the Bible you can find a lesson from how the nation of Israel turned from God and the consequence of their decision in seeking others over God. B. This psalm is an acrostic, where each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Trust in Him. If you were sinking in quick sand, do you care who throws you the rope to pull you out of that sand? No matter why I’m in this difficulty, what is the Lord trying to teach me? Why do we, His children, continue to do such a thing as not call on Him in our times of trouble? Some of the sins from my youth keep coming back to haunt me. Sometimes even though I have prayed for guidance and wisdom, I still have done something that resulted in a heap of trouble. They also require wisdom. 1:12-13. He reveals His truth to those who fear Him (v. 14). Brittany says. Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2009, All Rights Reserved. Many of the most godly men and women in the Bible went through difficult trials. If David, who walked with God from his youth, was facing these kinds of trials as he was about my age (early 60’s), then none of us are exempt. Since his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband led to the events of Absalom’s revolt, it probably was written during that episode.Note David’s situation: He has treacherous enemies that are seeking to exult in his demise (vv. Why is this not biblical? Not seeking God first is one of the biggest problems that we believers have. When they hit, we should examine ourselves more deeply and entrust ourselves to God more fully, knowing that we are in His perfect will. We then make an even bigger mess of things because we want turn to seek after Him and understand what and why things are happening. Know that God is setting you up for something greater! And, I thank God for His great love that sent His Son to bear my penalty for those sins. But maybe you’re thinking, “Yes, but you said that the trials behind this psalm seem to stem from David’s sin. Why/why not? The prayers of God's people, in agreement, ascend to Him like sweet, fragrant incense. The times we are living in are difficult. To seek the Lord properly, review and affirm God’s attributes. Boice concludes (ibid. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” The context of James’ counsel is the need for wisdom in the midst of various trials (James 1:2-3). Where is the balance between proper self-examination and spiritually unhealthy introspection? So why is David so concerned about not being ashamed? We, the believers in the world today, are God’s children. In our times of trouble we, believers, should first seek God. Jesus is God in the flesh. If you got home and didn’t understand the school work you would ask your parents to see if they could help you out. Acrostic psalms are often difficult to outline, because the content is guided more by the alphabetic arrangement than by a logical outline. Am I in this mess, whether in part or in whole, because of my own sin? In times of trouble we should be like Job, who we always way had great patience, but we don’t realize just how earnest Job was in seeking to speak with God. Many of God’s faithful witnesses have died young through sickness or accidents. L ife is full of twists and turns and sometimes we fall upon hard times.No matter what the circumstance we can rest in the fact that God is always faithful. Bible verses about hard times. A quiet moment is sitting at this computer composing this spiritual reflection. (2 Corinthians 12:9)”. But when they come to mind, they remind me of how corrupt my heart not only was, but still is (because I am still susceptible to the same sins). In Psalm 34, David reminds us that we should praise God through the good times and bad. We can’t be certain about David’s circumstances in this psalm. Spurgeon (A Treasury of David [Baker], 1:441) divides this psalm into prayer (1-7); meditation (8-10); prayer (11); meditation (12-15); and, prayer (16-22). 5, 10). (There are a few variations that are too technical to explain here.) If the Lord lets him down and David’s enemies triumph over him, not only David’s honor, but also the Lord’s honor, is at stake. After David’s initial prayer (25:1-7), he pauses to review who the Lord is. God is already standing by, waiting for those that are His children to call on His name. As Christians, we can expect trials. God is doing no evil thing in your life. Instead, it redirects our focus on who God is. What we should do is seek after God and try to understand the way He wants us to go. In our times of distress we cannot be led to others who think that they can help. The closer you draw near to the Lord, the more hideous the sins that you committed when you were younger appear to be. Since his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband led to the events of Absalom’s revolt, it probably was written during that episode. Sign up today to receive new sermon, bible study, and other site notifications. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. That leads to the second point: David’s painful guilt runs through this psalm. is possible for any of us. Seek God. Reply. He will instruct us as sinners so that we know His wisdom to guide us out of our trials. Because they sought after the ways of other nations they ended up finding themselves under the rule of these other nations. We are at our weakest when we are going through times of trouble. Have you ever been in a difficult trial and you knew that you were in the trial because of your own sin? I was just a teenager!” He doesn’t compare himself to his enemies and say, “I may have my faults, but these guys are evil!” He doesn’t belittle his sins by saying, “Okay, I was wrong to sleep with Bathsheba, but hey, I’m just a red-blooded guy who likes women!” He doesn’t say, “Being the king is a tough job. Only God’s grace kept me from doing some things that could have had far more serious consequences! For some of you, this will not be news. 4, 5, 8-10, 12, 14). Tribulation tests our identity as Christians – Tribulation tests our identity. But we need to sustain our mortgage until the Lord provides a solution. We need God when we are up on cloud nine, and things seem just right in our life. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. As the numbers in the bulletin indicate, we are currently in arrears in our property fund by over $52,000.