In the Midst of Trouble – Psalm 138

A Prayer Guide…

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
3 On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.

4 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
5 and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.

What am I to do? 
Worship and call upon the Lord.  What does the text say?
Give thanks…sing His praise…bow down…

Who do I call upon? 

  • The LORD – the personal God who keeps covenant with His people.
  • The God who is steadfast/loyal in His love for his people (vv.2,8).
  • The God who is ever faithful to His people and who exalts His name and His word above all things.
  • The LORD who from His lofty and exalted position takes notice of those who are humble but distances himself from the proud and haughty.
  • The LORD who does not forsake the work of His hands.

How do I call upon Him?

  • With my whole heart…singing praise and offering thanks (vv.1,2,4).
  • With humility of heart – Verse 6 – “For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.”

Why do I call upon the LORD?

  • He answers me (v.3).
  • He preserves my life while I am in the midst of trouble by delivering me from my enemies (v.7).
  • He will fulfill His purpose for me (v.8).

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

Let not your hearts be troubled for Jesus promises…

Light after darkness,
gain after loss;
Strength after weakness,
crown after cross;
Sweet after bitter,
hope after fears;
Home after wandering,
praise after tears;
Sheaves after sowing,
sun after rain;
Sight after mystery,
peace after pain;
Joy after sorrow,
calm after blast;
Rest after weariness,
sweet rest at last;
Near after distant,
gleam after gloom;
Love after loneliness,
life after tomb;
After long agony, rapture of bliss;
Right was the pathway, leading to this.

– Frances R. Havergal (1879)

O For A Faith That Will Not Shrink Tho’ Pressed by Every Foe

A wonderful hymn with rich words and simple melody

O For A Faith That Will Not Shrink –

Bathurst/Glaser/Mike Murphy of First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, GA

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O for a faith that will not shrink, Tho’ pressed by ev’ry foe
That will not tremble on the brink,
Of any earthly woe, of any earthly woe

That will not murmur nor complain, Beneath the chastening rod
But in the hour of grief or pain,
Will lean upon its God, will lean upon its God

A faith that shines more bright and clear,
When tempests rage without
That when in danger knows no fear,
In darkness feels no doubt, in darkness feels no doubt

That bears unmoved the world’s dread frown,
Nor heeds its scornful smile
That seas of trouble cannot drown
Nor fiery darts defile, nor fiery darts defile

Lord give us such a faith as this, And then whate’er may come
We’ll taste even here the hollowed bliss
Of an eternal home, Of an eternal home
We’ll taste even here the hollowed bliss, of our eternal home