When The Day of Trouble Finds Me
The day of trouble, what would that be for you? Is it one or all of the calamities that came upon Job? Is it the sense of being alone (“I’m the only one left…”) that overtook Elijah following the great victory by the firebomb from heaven? (1 Kings 18 & 19) Or is it the mundane, the day-to-day routine that seems to be one step forward and two steps back? Might it possibly be health or financial in origin? Or is it one of your children you have labeled “trouble”? (Just saying.)
Trouble is defined individually and personally, but no matter how you define it, it usually comes unscheduled, without warning. Never is trouble a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Consider the many troubles of Joseph. Yes, but do not forget the years he was revered, exalted in Egypt, then the family reunion and preservation of Israel that resulted because of God’s plan.
Presence – God is Already There When Trouble Arrives
There’s nowhere you can go that God hasn’t preceded you! In His timelessness He is already there! Even in your trouble! He is not surprised by what you are facing.
“I’ll never leave you…” (Joshua 1:5)
“Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
“I will fear no evil, for you are with me…” (Psalm 23:4)
Preference – God’s Desire
In most of Psalm 50, God is saying, yes I see your sacrifices but “the only sacrifice I want is for you to be thankful and to keep your word.” (Vs. 14)
Thankfulness is recognition that God loves you, is supreme, sovereign and He is working His plan for you and in you.
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:18.
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” (Hebrews 13:15) Offering a “sacrifice of praise” is the result of choice not just from feelings.
Praising God enthrones Him, honors Him, or as Psalm 22 indicates, He inhabits the praises of His people.
Promise – God will Answer If We Call on Him
“…call on me in the day of trouble; l will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:15) When the day of trouble finds us, God encourages us to give thanks, praise him and to call out to Him.
Verse 23 promises this, “Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.”
Allow me to paraphrase: “Those who sacrifice thank (praise) offerings honor me, and to the blameless (forgiven) I will show my salvation (deliverance).”
In the face of your trouble, declare the words of the worship song:
“So let go my soul and trust in Him
The wind and waves still know His name”
(It Is Well – Bethel Music)