Psalm 143

Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13

When despair overtook David’s life, he discovered the sure remedy: He needed to redirect his attention to the Lord. He felt his spirit failing within him, and in hurt and humility he would cry out to God.

Emotional and spiritual upheavals have a way fragmenting the mind, sending your thoughts reeling in a thousand different directions as you try to quickly bring order to confusion. It’s not easy to respond calmly, and sometimes carrying on with daily chores may seem a burden.

The Lord understands the way your heart and mind work. He designed you to be sensitive to your surroundings and to interact with other people, so it’s no surprise to Him when a shock to your system causes heartache.

That is why He gives these specific directions for responding to trials: “Prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13 NASB).

Getting the right view of His love-filled plan for your life is the way to push through the numbness of spirit that often accompanies severe circumstances. You can then say with David, “For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life. . . bring me out of trouble” (Psalm 143:11 NIV).

Help me to grow in the midst of trouble, O Lord. For Your name’s sake, preserve me and bring me out of trouble.

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