‘When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.’ Psalm 94.18-19
There is something about these words that speaks of honesty and truth. The writer is absolutely honest about his situation - at times he felt he was slipping and sensed anxiety growing within him.
Quite often we hide what we are really going through. It’s easy to put on a mask to others, and sometimes even to ourselves, to conceal what we are feeling. However, if we are covering it up we are not bringing it into God's light.
This leads on to the other great truth expressed in this psalm; namely that we have a saviour God who rescues us. Even in the midst of his own precarious position, the psalmist recognised the unfailing love, support and joy that God brings.
A good question for us as we go through challenging times is this, ‘What do I need God to do for me?’ It is not about what we can do for ourselves because then we would not need God, but what is it that only he can bring to you or your situation?
As you come before God now, be honest about what you are going through, because he is the one who has the power and love to bring you what you need.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission