Life is full of joys, but it’s also full of struggles. Sometimes it feels like your very soul is under attack. Do you ever feel that way? I do. What do we do in those situations? Where do we turn?
We turn to God. We turn to the truth in His Word. Well, at least that’s what we like to say. Often, we don’t. Often, we do but we don’t know which passage to turn to. There’s been plenty of times when I open the Bible and randomly point to a verse hoping to find one that hits my needs. Can God work that way? Sure. But you know what’s also good? Knowing a passage that ministers to you when you feel down, and turning to that passage.
When your life’s so broken that you can’t take another step, randomly turning to a passage in Numbers may not do the job. So, whenever I find a passage that really ministers to me, I like to write it down with a note on how it applies. In my phone, there is a note with the title, “When your soul is under attack!” When I open the note it simply says, “Psalm 143.” Since I can’t out-do the Word of God, I wanted to share it with you today.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications:
in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
And enter not into judgment with thy servant:
for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul;
he hath smitten my life down to the ground;
he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me;
my heart within me is desolate.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works;
I muse on the work of thy hands.
I stretch forth my hands unto thee:
my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me,
lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies:
I flee unto thee to hide me.
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good;
lead me into the land of uprightness.
Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name’s sake:
for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul:
for I am thy servant.
Brother, when you feel under attack, cry out to God like David did. Share your pain with God. Share your frustration and fear. There is no shame in admitting your weakness. David was called “a man after God’s own heart” not because he was perfect, but because he sought the heart of God. When your soul is under attack, seek God. After all, He created your soul, so He’s the best one to protect it.
Family Radio Staff