Know-where to turn?

King David Art
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Psalm 27:7, 8 ESV

 

As Christians we need never say, ‘I just don’t know where to turn!’ In all our troubles, grief, and pain; in the exhaustion that makes us feel, as disciples (even the prophets did at times) that we would rather give up than struggle for another minute, let alone another day, we always have someone to turn to.

Certainly, the Psalms encourage us in this.

Psalm 27 (above) Psalm 105:4 ‘Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!’ and Psalm 121:1, 2 ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.’

And the old hymns too (I am happily of that generation).

I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
he moved my soul to seek him, seeking me.
It was not I that found, O Savior true;
no, I was found of thee. (Anon.)

And the New Testament confirms it.

In our search for strength, at any moment, when we don’t even know ‘what to pray for as we ought’ (Romans 8:26) the Holy Spirit himself intercedes for us, and our heavenly Father knows what we need even before we ask (Matthew 6:32). Perhaps no New Testament passage affirms this encouragement more strongly than Hebrews 12.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.  Hebrews 12:1, 2, 12, 13 ESV

Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
Psalm 105:4

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