Life rocks us. Sometimes to the point of deep despair. When we find ourselves in those moments we look around and all we see is darkness with no light in sight. A lot of us hit rock bottom and we stay there. Sometimes, because we have been there so long its comfortable, other times it is because we don’t know who to go to for help, or where to start to come out of such depth.
I love Psalm 30 because it tells of a time David was sick. Physically or emotionally, I don’t know, but he need healing. And he received it.
Psalm 30:2 says, ” Oh Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.”
I have been in this situation. There was a time depression had swallowed me up and I had no idea how I would get out of it. I did the only thing I knew to do, and that was to cry out to God, literally. It says right here in these verses, If we cry out to God He WILL restore us (verse 3), HE WILL heal us. I find so much comfort in this. At the moment I had no idea this Psalm existed. I just knew I was hurting, I was tired, and the state I was in couldn’t be it for me and my life. I wanted to be better so bad. I wanted healing and freedom more than anything. And I thank God at that moment I humbled myself enough to bow at the feet of Jesus and cry out to Him. I was restored, I was healed.
I know some of you reading this may be thinking that finding healing is easier said than done. As you see no end in sight. Honestly, it is hard, but it is not impossible. We are stepping out of something we have been in for possibly years, into something new. There is comfort in the hurt we are feeling. Not because hurting is comfortable, but because we have felt it for so long anything else could be a scary and uncomfortable feeling.
“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” -Psalm 30:5
Such a comforting promise of God! Pain is temporary according to God’s word. We know there that there is hope. Here on earth and in heaven! Romans 8:18 states “The pain you have been feeling can’t compare to the joy that is coming” Yes, you’re going through it today, but think about the joy you will experience tomorrow when you look back at all the Lord has brought you through.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4
Instead of wallowing in our pits, God wants us to grow through them. Verse 4 above states, “testing produces perseverance so that we may be mature and complete.” We gain so much on the other side of pain. Our faith in God is strengthened. And praise God, He has delivered us from whatever situation we were in. Our test becomes our testimony. And we will then be able to help someone go through the same struggle we walked through. That is a blessing in itself. I have helped counsel and encourage many because of the pain I have gone through. God doesn’t waste a single hurt.
I pray for all those going through a struggle (as we all are these days) to lean into and press into Jesus. The enemy has you bound and God is waiting to set you free. But we have to want to change. No darkness is too dark for the Lord to find you, and no depth is too deep. Humble yourself and confess your hurt and/or sin to the Lord. That weight you are carrying, cast it on the Lord because He cares for you, 1 Peter 5:7.
Something the Lord spoke to me during my journey,
I am your heavenly Father, willing, and waiting to take your pain away. Remove all guilt, shame, and unforgiveness. Let go of the “what ifs.” Leave your feelings at my feet and begin to walk in the freedom that is waiting for you.
I know God wants to do same for you. Receive it!
Love and blessings, Vanessa