In these days of crisis, trouble seems to surround us on all sides. From a failing economy, to a failing business, a failing relationship or failing health. There is no shortage of trouble. However, in the middle of seemingly overwhelming problems, God has promised to deliver those who trust in Him. Let’s look at 3 secrets for troubled times.
“You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.”
Psalm 32:7 NKJV.
Through the years I’ve learned if you want God to be in charge of your trouble, then He must be Lord of your heart. God honors those who honor Him. So, if you’re facing problems today, don’t just whine and kick and scream and start begging Him to save you. Honor the Lord by digging deep in His Word and then DO what He says. Be obedient. Be expectant with faith—not because you deserve it, but because God promises it.
The secret is not simply in the knowing. It’s in DOING what you know.
Psalm 34 offers us a road map of how to get out of trouble. Is it a promise? Yes! But it is conditional on doing what God tells us will take us from trouble to deliverance.
Secret #1 – In verses 1-3, King David starts by recognizing who God is. He takes time to express his trust through worship and thanksgiving. David understood the power of coming to God with a contrite heart while expressing his faith in God even before a request was made. God is always worthy of praise regardless of our circumstances. If we don’t start with a correct perspective of the God we serve, we can’t move to secret #2.
Let’s consider an earthly example. Imagine if you lived a long ago in a country ruled by an all-powerful king and you needed his intervention to save you from some evil. Would you dare approach this king with your request without first adequately acknowledging his position of power? If you approached the king without showing appropriate respect, you would likely receive no help and instead be thrown into a dungeon.
Secret #2 – After worship and thanksgiving, King David did something else. He sought God and then made his request.
What does it mean to seek the Lord? It means to: diligently pursue; hunt for; desire. How many of us follow this pattern when we are in trouble? If we don’t take the time to know God, to value Him sufficiently, and to understand and follow His ways, it is unlikely we will receive the help we need.
God loves us enough to teach us HOW to receive deliverance from trouble. We are blessed children of a loving Father, who teaches us how to move from trouble to deliverance. But if we don’t learn His ways and follow His plan, we end up victims of our own circumstances instead of victors over our trouble.
First, we approach God with praise and thanksgiving. Recognizing His holiness and worthiness to be praised. Secondly, we seek Him—and this includes seeking to understand His ways as they pertain to our current situation. Then we DO whatever brings us into agreement with God…
The longer I serve God, the more I realize that the battle for victory ALWAYS seems to start in MY heart. With MY attitude and MY priorities needing adjustment. God requires humility and a willingness to repent and change. Submission and obedience are a daily struggle that we each face. But a struggle worth great reward.
Secret #3 – When you do the above… then God delivers (verse 4). I encourage you to read all of Psalm 34 which contains many additional clues of “how” to walk into victory.
Trouble provides an opportunity for each of us to draw closer to God. We gain a testimony of His goodness and power as we face our trial His way.
Remember, if you want God to be God of your trouble, let Him be God of your heart. When you do that, all of heaven will get involved in your deliverance—and your triumph will be guaranteed. We are praying for you. Remember, with God nothing is impossible!
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Yes Lord Jesus…..may our times of testing become our testimony! An opportunity for you to demonstrate in and through our lives just how faithful and good you are! …amen
Thank you Paula & Dale for your message on 3 Secrets for Troubled Times. These are very troubling times here in Nova Scotia, Canada. In addition to dealing with COVID-19, we are now dealing with a mass shooting here in my community with 22 people dead including one police officer. Satan is alive and well here and we can use yours prayers to help rid us of the enemy (Satan).