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Are You Distressed or Discouraged?

Have you been distressed or discouraged lately? Maybe you have been waiting and waiting to be delivered from something that has caused you incredible pain. This has affected you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. This is not at all what you had hoped for, and the disappointment you feel is overwhelming.

Despair can hit like a tidal wave and cause us to question God during times like this. Extended times like this in the desert can cause us to ask God, “Where are you?”

God is still God.
He has not gone anywhere.
He has not abandoned you.


Psalm 91:1 says that if we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, we will abide in His shadow. “Abide” means to await, endure or to encamp. God’s shadow is a place of protection and covering. It is a place of shelter for you. He is your shelter and protection. When despair and discouragement hit you, run to Him, not away from Him.

Cry out to Him. Maybe you do not think you have the strength to do that right now. Call out to Him in this place. He is your refuge and place of safety. Hide in Him, in the secret place, while you wait. He is your Deliverer.

Psalm 91

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12They will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14“Because heb loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

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