Posted on November 19, 2019 by Graeme Wilson in Freedom Fighters
In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. ~Psalm 18:6
The pressure is a viable source that can produce positive activity. However, when it mounts up it’s vital to have a relief. Like most mechanical things we also need a pressure relief valve. Our bodies are built to maintain a certain amount of blood pressure, too much or too little can cause major problems.
There is another type of pressure that can cause heartache and distress. Emotional pain and anxiety can be hazardous as well. What would follow “In my distress” in your life? “In my distress, I”, panic, lay awake at night, drive people around me crazy, eat, shop, etc.….
David says, “I called upon the Lord”, a principle that can be exercised when we are aware that we can’t do anything in most circumstances. If I’m conjuring up some type of scheme or manipulation to provide relief, it’s usually a sign that I am relying on a self-developed plan that can cause outward compliance instead of an inward transformation. Outward compliance is the art of putting on an outward appearance of a self-made device I am relying on. The power of positive thinking or trying to take control of a situation are usually destructive ways of handling distress.
It’s only when we allow our circumstances to bring us to the lowly place of dependence on God that something happens inwardly. If “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” is true, then it’s what going on inside of us that determines our next step.
Lying in bed feeling pressure mount from the distress I’m experiencing; I realize that when I’m processing the solution on my own, I’m bottling up the anxiety. Calling upon the Lord in my distress is a relief valve that allows the pressure to subside. It’ only then that I can return to my rest and enjoy God’s comfort.
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
So, the next time you find yourself in distress and under pressure, do what David did.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
Written by Rob Russomano. Rob is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About This: It takes more courage to be humble than it does to be prideful. –Matthew Hagee
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. – Psalm 17:15
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.