We don’t know why, but sometimes we just have to suffer a little. How we respond is what makes us strong. When we get through those times, we must be thankful. David is in distress at this moment, but a short time later, he is hopeful. He reminds himself of God’s past help in times of trouble. By the end of this Psalm, David is giving praise to God. And just like David, we must trust that God’s helping hand will find ours, just in the nick of time.
“Save me, O God, for the flood waters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me.” ~ Psalm 69: 1-3
We all go through struggles and hard times. Life is not fair. There are times of sadness, despair and regret. The Psalmist paints a picture of someone trapped in an emotional downward spiral. Everything seems overwhelming and yet in the end they were able to say that there is encouragement in seeking God’s help. Why? Because God hears us in our despair and He can help us.
Life brings each of us inescapable traumas that block maturity. God’s redemptive activity comes to us in two ways: He brings healing to our traumas, and adopts us into His family. Both ways boost us through our blocks to maturity, along the way to wholeness. With these boosts, we will be able to live from the hearts He gave us, our true identities will emerge, and our relationships with family and community will be characterized by joy.”
Today, praise God for His grace and power in His healing of your emotions. It is there for you as you bring your pain to Him. Also, as you participate and fellowship with others, sharing unconditional love for each other, you will become more mature and experience the joy God intended for you to have.
Quiet your heart before God. Ask Him to show you an area of emotional pain in your life that needs healing. See yourself praying over the memory. Sense deep in your heart that God cares and hears you. Sense that He desires to bring healing to that wound. Visualize yourself sharing your pain with trusted friends and having them pray with you. See God bringing you peace deep in your heart as you seek His truth and share the empathy and love from others. Affirm that, “God heals my emotional pain.”