4 Minute Read + Scripture readings

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Isaiah 51:1–53:12
Ephesians 5:1-33
Psalm 69:19-36
Proverbs 24:7

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Psalm 69:32–33 (CSB): “The humble will see it and rejoice. You who seek God, take heart! For the Lord listens to the needy and does not despise his own who are prisoners.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

As with many of the Psalms, Psalm 69 is the heart-cry of a worshipper that is being completely transparent with his God. Bad things are happening. Wrongs are being committed. Injustice is not being stopped.

Essentially, the Psalms are the language of the heart. They don’t paint the world as what it can and should be. Instead, the Psalms reflect the world as it is perceived in the heart of the writer.

But we also come to realize that the Psalms are spoken in the language of faith. While the writers were honest about their internal struggles and questions, they inevitably transitioned to the language of faith. Essentially, regardless of what was going on around them, they chose to find comfort in the Lord.

That’s what we see in Psalm 69. After the Psalmist lamented his unenviable position, he chose to trust in His God. He didn’t settle into despondency and stay there. Instead, he chose to demonstrate faith even as the storm raged around him.

Psalm 69:32–33 (CSB): “The humble will see it and rejoice. You who seek God, take heart! For the Lord listens to the needy and does not despise his own who are prisoners.”

If you read the story of Peter walking on the water (Matthew 14:22-33), I believe you will see an illustration of the principle I have been speaking about. The stormy sea illustrated life’s trials. Living victoriously during times of difficulty was illustrated as Peter walked on the sea. Living a defeated life, swamped by life’s troubles, was illustrated by Peter sinking into the water fearing that he would drown.

What made the difference? Just like in our experience, Jesus was present as Peter experienced victory (walking on the water) and defeat (sinking in the water). What made the difference?

Matthew 14:28–31 (CSB): “‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter answered him, ‘command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’(emphasis mine)

The difference is faith. The difference is whether or not the worshipper is resting their faith in their God as the storms of life are raging all around them.

Friend, there is no doubt that life is going to get hard at least periodically. Your experience may be one in which it seems like you are constantly in the storm. And I’m sure that you realize by now that it isn’t always God’s will to calm the storm.

But let me conclude by telling you a little secret. Sometimes the Lord calms the storm and sometimes He calms His child. And if He can calm His child, the storm is simply an opportunity to be drawn close into the protective arms of Jesus.