For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Be pleased to save me, Lord; come quickly, Lord, to help me. – Psalms 40:12-13
It is interesting to see David’s position as he writes the above verses in Psalms 40:12-13. He is the King of Israel, a man called to lead Gods people, a man after Gods own heart. And here we see him pleading to God saying “For troubles without number has surrounded me” and “my sins have overtaken me”.
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That pretty much sounds like a very bad place to be in, especially a man like David and that’s not the position any of us would like to be in. We all would like to be in a place where all our troubles are gone and sins no more daunting us but does that place really exist. That raises two questions in my heart. First is it possible for Christians to find themselves in this position even though we are a believer and a follower of Jesus. The second question is whether it is true that our troubles and sins will never be taken away as long as we live on this earth.
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In John 16:33 Jesus said
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I believe Jesus is quite clear as he said “In this world you will have trouble”
In Romans 3:10-12 Paul writes
“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
As earthly beings that’s exactly our position when it comes to our troubles and sins until the day we are glorified into heavenly beings. Let nobody deceive or misguide you in this matter.
And what does God expect from us when we are going through these experiences. It is exactly what David expresses in the very same verses “Be pleased to save me, Lord; come quickly, Lord, to help me “. To live with a sense of dependence on God alone, to hope in him and cry out to him at all times “O God! Deliver me”.
A dependent heart is what God desires from us as he loves the aroma of our brokenness – And he turns them into a reason for eternal joy that comes only from the finished work of Christ on the cross.