Psalms 13:1,5-6-How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?…5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
If you are anything like me, situations and circumstances can bring you through a range of emotions all in one day, though no one may notice it. Though sometimes we can allow our emotions to get the best of us and reveal them, the goal is to seek the Lord to anchor them in His faithful love and peace…
It is this hope of knowing that God’s character doesn’t change, that makes us steady when everything around us is always changing. David gives us a look into how erratic our emotions can be in distress and how we see God. Yet he “prays through” his distress, until his heart “anchors” on what is true about God.(1 Corinthians 15:58)
Faith can be misconstrued and sterilized to think that having erratic emotions is forbidden. But faith is about trusting God while we are erratic, confessing our feelings and thoughts, yet allowing the Holy Spirit to correct them until we come to a hope and peace that passes all understanding…(Habakkuk 2:1, Philippians 4:4-7)
So circumstances have nothing to do with what we can conclude and enjoy about God. David reveals what should be our goal in the midst of erratic emotions and circumstances, that we acknowledge and embrace the hope we have in the steadfast love of our Lord…(Psalm 57:1)
Without the Word revealing the character of our Lord, and allowing the Holy Spirit to bring rebuke to what we are erratic about (prayer), we are left unstable. Unstable in our emotions and unstable in how we see God, beginning as David did, but not concluding what David anchored himself in, faith in God’s character.
As Paul commanded, “pray without ceasing” to stabilize your heart and mind in Christ Jesus, the true anchor of our soul (Hebrews 6:19).-In His Love, Ld