You Observe Trouble and Grief

“But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, To repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.” (Psalm 10:14, NKJV)

We have a tendency to believe that when we are happy and everything is going our way, God is with us and is happily shining his love upon us. However, conversely, we believe that when we go through trouble and grief, God has abandoned us. We think that He has looked away and we are forsaken. But that is nowhere close to the truth. The heart of God is to love us with a great love. In fact, when we are in the greatest of despair is when God seems to be even closer to us than in our times of prosperity. In fact,

“He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:29, NKJV)

We sometimes believe that God stands against us and is waiting for a time for us to slip up and then He pounces and causes adversity. But again, He is for us, not against us.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV)

That brings us to Psalm 10:14. The ancient Hebrew word for “seen” (ראה) is the same root word (יראה) used to mention the provision of God in Geneses 22, Adonai Yireh (Jehovah Jireh). It literally means the God who sees and knowns your needs intimately. When David says that God has seen, he means that God intimately knows the circumstances surrounding your difficulty. Just to reiterate, he uses other strong words to illustrate just how close God is in our troubles. Observe and helper are very important. He is intimately near and sees each and every difficulty and is the helper. In fact, He is so near, He will repay. He will take care of you. He will redeem you.

But there is one very important key to all this. He helps the helpless. It is the helpless that commits himself to God. We have to recognize our inability to help ourselves in order receive the help of God. If we are constantly attempting to help God out of a situation, then we have become our own savior and will find ourselves soon back in the trouble and grief that we longed to have removed.

God is near. He wants to help. Will you recognize your need for Him and let him help you today?

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