Discouragement comes at the most inconvenient times. It is not selective of persons. Discouragement hits anyone at any time and at any place. Even the best of us have a tough time covering that heavy, weighted down feeling which makes our feet feel like they’re wearing cast iron shoes. A fog moves in, thicker than pea soup, hovering over us, hammering down on our shoulders.
“I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. 2 I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. 3 When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. 4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.
5 I cry to you, LORD; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.’ 6 Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. 7 Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.” Psalm 142: 1-7
When David wrote this Psalm, he felt like he had lost just about everything. David writes of feeling as if he were in prison. His words read hopelessness, despondency, despair. The heaviness of all that is happening in his life has ensnared him in the prison of despair.
Have you been there? Do you know how he feels?
David cries out to God for help. What about you? Are you crying out to God or to someone around you? Maybe its alcohol or drugs or some other form of addictive behavior. Maybe its food or isolation that you seek for comfort.
God tells us when we cry out to Him:
Revelation 21:4-5, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”
Psalm 107:19, “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.”
Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I want to challenge you today to reach out to God for your source of help. He is ready and available to see you through.