Topic: How To Overcome
[DCLM Daily Manna 23 September 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Psalm 77:1-9 (KJV)
1 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.
2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.
3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.
4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.
6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.
7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?
8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?
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9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
Key Verse: “I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me” (Psalm 77:1).
Arthur Tappan Pierson, an American Presbyterian pastor, who was a consulting editor for the original ‘Scofield Reference Bible’ in 1909, said: “God has no greater controversy with His people today than this, that with boundless promises to believing prayer, there are so few who actually give themselves unto intercession.” There is perhaps no hopeless occupation than to lie awake and worry over seemingly insurmountable circumstances. Yet, it is said that perseverance is a great element of success. This is because if we keep knocking long and loud enough at the gate, we are sure to wake up somebody.
The Psalmist had found himself in an apparently hopeless situation as a result of the general decay of the time. The challenge was great; there seemed to be no answer in sight. His distress was overwhelming. Then he cried out to God for courage and ability to wade through the severely trying moment. “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord…” He wondered if God had forgotten him. “Is his mercy clean gone forever?” He thought aloud.
The experience of this Psalmist is a common phenomenon. Nations and individuals are passing through very bitter and hopeless times; many are wondering if the end has not come at last. It is difficult to believe that there will be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Hunger and hardship force children and even adults to sleep with empty stomachs. Yet, God is still on the throne.
This is the time to seek the Lord. Whatever challenge you may be facing, take it to the Lord in prayer. Delay is not denial. Let your strength lie and be rooted in your moral purity and faith in the unfailing God. He will not disappoint you. ‘He that keepeth thee shall not slumber.’
Thought For The Day: Though gloomy and cloudy, the sun will rise up sooner.
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