In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. Psalm 118:5 NLT
Everyone has experienced distress at one time or another. What do you do when you are in distress? Well, the responses are as varied as the people. Some people cry and lose hope in the future; some resort to destructive behaviors that place them and those close to them in harm’s way. Others deny that the issue exist and pretend that all is well. So what do you do in the midst of distress?
When you need to learn how to do something, you seek the advice of someone who has experience in that field. When it comes to distressing moments, David was definitely experienced. He knew the pain of abandonment when his trusted friend left his side to support his son in his attempt to usurp power. He endured the pain when sibling fought against each other and one died. He lived through an experience when the men he led wanted to kill him. 1 Samuel 30:6 NIV says, “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.” Let me say that again. “But David found strength in the Lord his God.”
As I’ve said before, but is a game changer! In the face of danger, but showed up and brought change into David’s life. David didn’t dwell on his problem; instead he went to God in prayer. As a result, God bought change into his situation. Now if this was the only time that change came into David’s life through prayer then one can argue that it could be a fluke or a coincidence. In Psalm 86 he cried out to God, “Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help.” In Psalm 69 he cried, “Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck.” Then there came a day when David felt abandoned by God and he cried, “O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?” Psalm 13:1-2.
God answered David and delivered him from his distress which led David to say, “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.” Psalm 34:19. When you are in distress, do what David did and pray to the Lord. He is the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow; He does not change.
Thought for Today: Friend, when distress comes, pray.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.