Praying Through the Bible #51 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT: Psalm 39:12-13
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible”. The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 50 messages in this series.
This is message #51 titled “How to React to the Afflictions, Problems, and Troubles of Life”
I have shared with you before how that when I was a young Christian, I didn’t think too highly of the Psalms. Frankly, I thought David was doing a lot of whining in the Psalms. It always seemed as though David was going through some difficulty or experiencing a problem. I didn’t spend much time in the Psalms then. But, as I got older, and as I experienced trouble in life, I found that I could identify with the Psalms. I could understand what David was going through and how his circumstances caused him to react.
Just as David faced difficult, unpleasant situations, we will face difficult, unpleasant situations. How we choose to react will often determine the outcome of those situations and how God chooses to act in those situations in our lives. So, how should we react when we are afflicted with physical pain, financial trouble, emotional distress, and any number of other things that we have to face throughout our lives in this fallen world. Our passage for today tells us how David, a man after God’s own heart, reacted when he faced the problems of life.
1. David was not afraid to allow the problems of life to impact him. At the beginning of this prayer, David asks God, to “hold not thy peace at my tears…” Whatever trouble David was facing had caused him to shed some tears. Many of us would do our best not to shed tears over our troubles. We try to act as though we are unaffected by it. We try to act tough. We try to run and hide from it.
2. David used the problems of life as an opportunity to pray. In verse 12 he says, “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry…” Maybe you have the first point down pat. Maybe you are not afraid to be affected by the problems of life. However, you might be making a wrong turn when it comes to taking the next step — you may choose to wallow in the misery of those problems or you may decide to try to resolve those problems entirely on your own. Neither of those steps are correct.
3. David used the problems of life to break him from his attachment to this world. As David is praying, he says, “for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.” The Hebrew word for “stranger” means, “a man living out of his own country. It refers to a man who has no permanent home in the place or country where he now is.” David allowed the problems of life to break his attachment to this world.