As we come to the last section of this Psalm the Sons of Korah express the challenge we face as we follow the Lord. While they were serving in the temple regularly it did not stop the battle of the mind. The Psalmist is very clear that he brings his doubts and fears to the Lord. It is so important to understand that the Lord is interested in us no matter how we feel. When we come to the Lord with our doubts and uncertainties it allows Him to encourage us and lead us into victorious thinking. When we talk amongst ourselves it gives the enemy of our soul to speak discouragement to us and when our eyes are not on the Lord it is easy at times to believe the lies of Satan. Verse 9 says “I will say to God my rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me?’ ‘Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?’. Listen to how the psalmist refers to his God, he calls Him My rock, This shows he has a strong foundation and confidence in his God. The longer you are committed to someone the more you trust them. I am reminded of how when I first started to date Barbara I was guarded about what I shared with her. However, after many years of marriage, there were no hidden secrets, I was completely open with her because I completely trusted her. The same is with our relationship with the Lord, the more time you spend with Him the more you trust Him. 1 Peter 5:7 says “ Casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you”. This is a wonderful experience when we learn to trust the Lord. Verse 10  says “ As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say all day long ‘Where is your God?’ This is a warning to us not to pass judgement on people and their situations because it is not our responsibility to pass judgement but to encourage people.  Job’s friends were convinced that the suffering that he was experiencing was because of hidden sins and bad behaviour, while the fact was the exact opposite was happening. He was tested because he was righteous and continued to be righteous in his adverse situation. This is why there is no substitute for a close relationship with the Lord. Verse 11 says “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God”. When you start to thank the Lord for His goodness in your life and remember how He has helped you over the years. Then the doubts and fears disappear in the light of the greatness of our God. There is a great reward when we spend time praising our Lord and Saviour because we can always find God when we are experiencing the hardships of life. It is so good to understand no matter that the circumstances we are experiencing that our God does not forsake us, but gives us the ability to be a conqueror as we continue to praise Him.

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