Have you ever been down or felt like life wasn’t going great? We have all been there and experienced troubles. It isn’t a new thing. This Psalm is an outcry in a time of trouble, a time that can be considered a low point. What is amazing here is verse 1. So often when we find ourselves in times of trouble we run to our phones, TV, our jobs, or whatever it is that we find temporary comfort in. We try to run from the situation and hide from it. Verse 1 and 2a of this Psalm holds the answer. “I cry aloud to GOD, aloud to GOD, and He WILL hear me. In the day of my trouble I seek the LORD.”
We have access to God, and He invites us to be close to Him. John 10:11-15 says,
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Jesus is the good shepherd, and we are His sheep. As the shepherd he wants us to be close to Him. The shepherd provides protection, correction, and direction. When we wander or find our lives in trouble or just at a low point all we must do is come close to the good shepherd. Cry out to Him and He will hear you.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate