I LIFT UP MY EYES – Psalm 10:1

Psalm 10:1 : Why, Lord, do you stand far off?      Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

Response : How dare I say why Lord, do you stand far off? Do not I remember that He is my very present help in trouble? Surely the fear that I face has come between me and my Lord, obscuring His face. I have the wrong perception! Yes it is a perception it is not fact!

With tearful eyes of the sufferer, You  Lord seemed to stand still, as if  calmly looking on, and not sympathizing  with me in my  afflictions. I perceive You in an inaccessible mountain, into which no man would be able to climb.  If the Lord did not hide himself it would not be a time of trouble at all. If there be no pain, there will be no profit. If there be no hiding of God, there will be no bitterness, and consequently no purging efficacy in his chastisements. The presence of God is the joy of his people, but the thought of Your absence distracts me  beyond measure.  I must ever remember that the Lord is near me. My Refiner is never far from the mouth of the furnace when I, his gold is in the fire, and as with the Hebrew children,  the Son of God is always walking in the midst of the flames when his holy children are cast into them. Lord, You  know my frailty that when I am sharply exercised, I find it hard to bear Your  apparent neglect and  forbearance to work my deliverance.

It is not the trouble, but the hiding of Father’s face, which cuts me to the quick. When trial and desertion come together, I am   in as perilous a plight as Paul, when his ship fell into a place where two seas met (Ac 27:41). It is but little wonder if I am like the vessel which ran aground, and the fore part stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, while the hinder part was broken by the violence of the waves. When my sun is eclipsed, it is dark indeed. If I need an answer to the question, “Why hidest thou thyself?” it is to be found in the fact that there is a “needs be,” not only for trial, but for heaviness of heart under trial ( 1 Peter 1:6); but how could this be the case, if You should shine upon me while You are afflicting me ? Should my Father  comfort me while He is correcting me, where would be the use of the chastening? A smiling face and a rod are not fit companions. O Lord You bare the back that the blow may be felt; for it is only felt affliction which can become blest affliction. If I am  carried in the arms of God over every stream, where would be the trial, and where the experience, which trouble is meant to teach me?

O Lord may my times times of trouble  be times of confidence; fixedness of heart on God to  prevent fears of heart. Psalms 112:7 . “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed.” How? May my heart be ever trusting in the Lord so my  heart is established, and I shall not be afraid.”  Let me not be as light as a weather cock, moved with every blast of evil tidings, with my  hopes  swimming  or sinking  according to the news I hear. Providence would seem to sleep unless faith and prayer awaken it. The disciples had but little faith in their Master’s accounts, yet that little faith awakened him in a storm, and he relieved them. Unbelief  only discourages God from showing his power in taking our parts.

“Lord, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa4VJUsEL_o

Written By Bill & Gloria Gaither

Lyrics:

I believe help thou my unbelief
I’d take the finite risk of trusting like a child
I believe help thou my unbelief
I walk into the unknown trusting all the while

I long so much to feel the warmth that others seem to know
but should I never feel a thing I claim him even so

I believe help thou my unbelief
I walk into the unknown trusting all the while
I walk into the unknown trusting..

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One Response to I LIFT UP MY EYES – Psalm 10:1

  1. >> “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”
    This does sometimes SEEM to be the case, but we do know that He is NOT far off; He is NOT hiding. It is merely that WE are not turning to Him: we are hiding ourselves from Him, trying to solve our problem OUR way, on our own.

    The very moment we cry out to Him, He is there, ready, willing and able to help and to lift us out of ther pit we have dug for ourselves.

    What an amazing God!

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