March 6

Most of my family members love to tell stories. One of the most frustrating things that can happen to a story-teller, is to be part of the way through a story, and to realize that nobody is listening any more. I have had that happen, and I just allow my voice to trail off to silence just to see if anyone will request the end of the story. I hate when nobody even notices that I have stopped. I make a mental note not to tell that story again!

I am reading through the Psalms during my devotions. As I am reading, I noticed that there are some incredible high points that are shared on the pages of this book. However, there are also some glimpses into the realities of the low points in life as well. David wrote a great many of the psalms. In many of the chapters that he wrote, he was dealing with some incredibly tough situations. Today, in Psalm 6, he was feeling quite desperate.

Through most of the beginning of the chapter, David speaks of the pain and difficulty of the situation he found himself facing. He speaks of being weary of groaning and having so many tears that he felt that he was swimming in his bed. You may relate very well with David in these feelings in your own life. That’s why I love the Bible. It is a book that is filled with the splendor of an active relationship with God, as well as the turmoil of living in a sinful body in a sin-cursed world.

As with David, it is true for us that our God does not leave us to wallow in our depressing situations. David wrote: “Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. The LORADA hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer” (Psalm 6:8-9). When I read this verse, I thought; “Someone is listening!” When that Someone is the LORD, we are in a very good place. What a joy to know that God is paying attention to the things that are facing us every day!

The LORD Who can move mountains is listening. The LORD Who parted the Red Sea long enough for one-million-plus Israelites to cross on dry ground, and Who allowed the waters to collapse on the mighty Egyptian army is listening. The LORD Who rained down fire from Heaven to consume Elijah’s sacrifice on Mt. Carmel is listening.

I think you get the idea. The next time you think that no one is listening to you, remember that there is a God in Heaven Who does not miss a thing. If we will call out to Him in our times of distress, He will hear, and He will always answer with what is best for us. The next time things are tough, and you are not sure where to turn, turn to the LORD Who hears and answers!

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