Anyone who has been around the church any length of time has heard, "the joy of the Lord is your strength." With our minds we know this and sometimes with our hearts we know this – yet even knowing is sometimes not enough. There are times when we face situations that have our very soul in turmoil. David spoke of these times:
You hold my eyes wide open.
I am troubled beyond words.
5 My mind drifts to thoughts of yesterdays
6 I call to mind my music; it keeps me company at night.
Together with my heart I contemplate;
my spirit searches, wondering, questioning:
7 "What will the Lord do? Reject us for good?
Will He never show us His favor again?
8 Has His loyal love finally worn down?
Have His promises reached an end?
9 Has the True God forgotten how to be gracious?
In His anger, has He withdrawn His compassion?"
10 "I can’t help but be distraught," I said,
"for the power of the Most High that was once for us is now against us." Psalm 77:4-11 (The Voice)
The above passage of scripture shows David at a very low point in his life. If we’re honest, all of us know of times like these. Troubles from within and troubles without can overwhelm us to the point where we begin to wonder, to question and even feel as if the God who was once for us, is now against us.
It is during these times when we must pause and remember all the times that we rejoiced in God coming through for us. Sometimes even speaking those testimonies aloud will shake us out of our doldrums. Most of all we have to rehearse those Words of Life that God has made Rhema to us. Those God-breathed words from the Bible that jumped off the page into our hearts are true all the time! There is an enemy going about "as a roaring lion" who wants us to curse God and die; but we are not like those, instead;
39 My friends, we are not those who give up hope and so are lost; but we are of the company who live by faith and so are saved. Hebrews 10:39 (The Voice)