PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Feb
12

A Suffering Soul

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?" (Psalm 13:1-2)
Observation
David's song of despair, misery is called a psalm of lament, which involves his complaint for suffering. You mean we can offer complaint to God about how we feel when we are suffering, damaged, angry, sad? Can we be truthful about feeling separated, abandoned, uncared for or unloved by God or others?

For whatever reason David pens this song, he describes his anguish and disappointment in God. A suffering soul can leave wounds and scar our inner person. What's the answer? Or better yet... Who is the answer?
Application
I've asked questions of God like "Where are You God? Why aren't You helping me or the hurting, dying, suffering and innocent people?" I find the souls of people, yes Christ followers too, suffering in times of discouragement and disparity. It doesn't seem to take much for a soul to suffer, especially when we don't refresh our souls. When I allow my soul to to go unchecked and sinful meditations to brew in my soul, I suffer more - I suffer longer.

I want to live, think, meditate, believe differently today by: - asking God for forgiveness for not acknowledging Him more immediately - for not trusting - for allowing sinful meditations to linger in my soul.
- by choosing to rejoice and sing and praise... anyway! Whether my soul is suffering or not, I choose to love God through thankfulness and praise to Jesus!
- by reciting, believing, memorizing David's confession within his lament in Ps. 13 ...

[5] But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.[6] I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Prayer
So here I go again Lord... turning to You, looking to You, believing in You, trusting You --- for Your mercy and redeeming love. Whether my soul suffers or not - or when I question on behalf of others suffering in life - especially the innocent or the Christ lovers - I desire to rejoice in confident trust and love in You!

Devotions for February 12

Leviticus 18,19
Psalms 13
Acts 19

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