When Trouble is Near

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Don’t be far from me, because distress is near and there’s no one to help. (CSB)

No estés lejos de mí, porque la angustia está cerca, pues no hay quien ayude. (LBLA) 

There is an old adage in the military that goes “there are no atheists in foxholes.” While the exact origins can not be determined the context is pretty clear, in times of extreme duress, fear or stress men (mankind) will turn to (hope in) God to get them out of their present situation. The problem is most don’t give a hoot about God the moment the crisis is over. 

Our Bible verse for today is different. David begins this Psalm asking v.1  My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning? Sound familiar, it should this was repeated by our Lord and Savior on the Cross.  David feels alone and abandoned, he has been calling out to God v.2 but appears to ignore his pleas. 

In v.3-8 David recalls, his lowly position in life how he has endured scorn and ridicule, again the parallels to Christ can not be missed. Then in v.9-10 he shifts gears a little and acknowledges God’s divine hand in his life from birth forward. Once again the comparisons to Christ are undeniable. 

Finally in our main text v.11 David cries out:

Don’t be far from me; His fear is that God has abandoned him, his prayer is that He would be near. This should be the daily prayer of every believer, to have God by our side through thick and thin. 

because distress is near; Why do we need God near, because distress or trouble is always nearby. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Listen the devil is not about to come up introduce himself and say I am hear to make you do sinful (evil) things. Trouble come in many forms and many are so sneaky and underhanded your are not even aware your doing something wrong until it is too late.  

and there’s no one to help; Who are you going to call on, that neighbor or family member or battle buddy that is living in the world? Yes I know as Christians we have a Church family we can count on BUT nothing compares to the helper we have in Christ  John 14:16 (AMP) And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— 

I encourage you as did the Psalmist (105:4) to daily; Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.


RESOURCES:
Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David Psalm 22

 

Truth For Life Daily Devotional June 8, 2017

{Everyday is a battle as Satan and his minions try and dissuade and discourage God’s elect. If you are not experiencing these battles maybe you are not doing what God has planned for you. – Mike}

Stand Up!

For many fell, because the war was of God.
1 Chronicles 5:22

Warrior, as you fight under the banner of the Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old, so is it now: If the war is of God, the victory is sure. The armies of God could barely muster forty-five thousand fighting men, and yet in their war with the enemy, they captured “a hundred thousand men,” “for they cried to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him.”

The Lord saves not by many, nor by few; it is ours to go in Jehovah’s name even if we are only a handful of men, for the Lord of Hosts is with us as our Captain. They did not neglect their weapons, but neither did they place their trust in them; we must use all fitting means, but our confidence must rest in the Lord alone, for He is the sword and the shield of His people. The great reason for their extraordinary success lay in the fact that “the war was of God.”

Beloved, in fighting with sin in us and around us, with error doctrinal or practical, with spiritual wickedness in high places or low places, with devils and the devil’s allies, you are waging Jehovah’s war, and unless He himself can be defeated, you do not need to fear defeat. Do not tremble before superior numbers; do not shrink from difficulties or impossibilities; do not flinch at wounds or death; strike with the two-edged sword of the Spirit, and the dead shall lie in heaps.

The battle is the Lord’s, and He will deliver His enemies into our hands. With steadfast foot, strong hand, dauntless heart, and flaming zeal, rush to the conflict, and the hosts of evil will fly like chaff before the gale.

Stand up! stand up for Jesus!
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song:
To him that overcometh,
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory
Shall reign eternally.

One-Year Bible Reading Plan

 

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 17 May

SATAN THE ADVERSARY

Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour – 1 Peter 5:8

The devil hunts more like a fox than a lion, his snares are worse than his darts. – Thomas Watson

Satan watches for those vessels that saileth without convoy. – George Swinnock

When Satan roars they have given him a full blow. – William Jenkyn

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent, “Walking with God”, daily devotional. Today topic
“ALL THINGS”

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 09 May

SATAN THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD

The prince of this world – John 12:31

The god of this world – 2 Corinthians 4:4

The devil shall never lift his head higher than the saint’s heel. – William Gurnall

Better starve than to go to the devil for provender {food} – Thomas Watson

Satan’s diocese is an odd dirty corner of the universe. – Thomas Manton

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent, “Walking with God”, daily devotional. Today topic UNBELIEF

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 26 March

             SATAN AND SINS

The devil sinneth from the beginning – 1 john 3:8

The devil having now put into the heart of Judas…To betray him – John 13:2

Every sin is an election of the devil to be our Lord.

      – Stephen Charnnock

 Sin hath the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages.  – Thomas Watson

Have the devil for your taskmaster and you have him also for your pay master.

– John Trapp

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God” daily devotional.

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 28 February

p-day-byTHE DEVIL’S CAPTIVES

 Taken captive by [the devil] at his will – 2 Timothy 32:26

 The sinner’s heart is the devil’s mansion house. – Thomas Watson

 Where Satan hath dwelt long he will hardly be removed. – George Swinnock

 Those that want legs to go in goodness, can find wings to fly in wickedness. Thomas Fuller

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God” daily devotional.

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 02 February

p-day-byGOD NOT AUTHOR OF SIN

 Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. – Romans 9:14

 Is…Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. – Galatians 2:17

 We owe our creation to God, our corruption to ourselves. – Stephan Charnock

 God made the face, and the devil paints it. –  Thomas Adams

 Man’s fault cannot prejudice God’s right. – William Gurnall

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 25 January

p-day-byYIELDING TO TEMPTATION

She pressed him [Sampson] daily… and urged him… That he told her all his heart – Judges 16:16-17

 If you hold the stirrup, no wonder Satan get into the saddle. – William Secker

 The devil got in at first to men’s heart by his ear. – George Swinnock

 If we would not yield to the sin, sit not at the door of the occasion. – William Gurnall

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

** Note for a daily devotional this year check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God”

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 21 & 22 January

I was on the road yesterday  with a group doing flood relief in Louisiana (yes its still going on)so today is a double portion. You can see some pics by clicking on our Faith Builders Ministry Page.

HYOp-day-byCRITES AND HEAVEN      

He [Balaam] took up his parable, and said,… Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!Numbers 23:7-10

 Balaam himself likes one end of the prize; he would die like a righteous man, though live like the wizard he was. – William Gurnall

 We must not think to dance with the devil all day and sup with Christ at night. – John Trapp

 The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven. – Joseph Alliene

 AFFECTIONS   

Set your affections on things above… – Col 3:2

 …Your own affections – 2 Cor 6:12 R.V.

A man without affections I like the Dead Sea that moves not at all. – Richard Sibbes

 Christianity doth not abrogate {revoke or abolish} affections, it regulates them. Thomas Manton

 Grace comes not to take away a man’s affections, but to take them up. – William Fenner

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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