TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, June 04, 2018:
Distress of mind; grief; sadness; distress caused by loss; affliction; disappointment; emotional anguish; deep regret for wrong doing.
I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
David’s Psalm in the verse we have given above David vividly describes clearly what people experience and feel when they are in deep sorrow. Sorrow comes to us in many ways and as the definition above says sorrow is distress, grief or sadness that one feels when they experience a great loss or a bitter disappointment or an affliction or repentant regret over something we have done.
We are not told the cause for David’s agonizing sorrow but whatever it was it kept him from sleep and the tears of his weeping drenched his bed. At one time or another we all will experience this kind of sorrow that comes when we lose someone or something that is precious to us or we experience great disappointment in ourselves.
David experienced hopeless despair as he struggled with the guilt of his own failures, the attacks of many, and the disappointments of life. The depth of his sorrow drove him to heartache but in his grief he turned to God for the remedy. David’s crushed and broken spirit gave way to assurance of God’s care, prompting him to say, “The Lord has heard my cry for mercy, the Lord will receive my prayer” (verse 9). We can be assured in our times of sorrow that God hears our prayers and answers them.
Can you imagine how great God’s disappointment and sorrow was when Adam and Eve, whom He created and for whom He provided a home in a beautiful garden, sinned against God? Just think of the depth of His sorrow when Jesus, His only Son, was despised and rejected by men and then was crucified on the cross. God knows sorrow and understands our every sorrow.
In our seasons of disappointments and sorrow we can learn from David and we too can find comfort in God, who cares for our broken heart. Remember, as someone once said, “God’s whisper of comfort quiets the noise of our sorrow.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in Isaiah 1:18.
Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
My prayer is that in my times of sorrow that I will be reminded of Your tender mercy. Thank You for Your blessing, comfort and loving grace that You give those that love You in their time of sorrow.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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