Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Psalm 119:143

Trouble And Anguish
By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe

Trouble and anguish seem almost to be redundant, but the words are not the same. The word for "trouble" means "distress," but it also means "an enemy." Trouble for all believers is always chasing after them and attempting to overtake them with foolishness and confusion. That is why the psalmist says in Psalms 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

The word "anguish" does mean "distress," and this distress is also running after the believer to catch him in his weakest hours. It is discouragement and depression that we see so much in our day. Anguish of soul comes as a result of spiritual weakness, so believers should stay in tune with Scripture and prayer in order to hold off discouragements.

Trouble and anguish will "take hold" on believers as was true with the psalmist.  The word for "take hold" basically means "to find." Trouble and anguish are always trying to find us out. They are enemies pursuing us in order to find us weak and vulnerable, then staying as close as possible. Life can be controlled by these two: trouble and anguish.

But even in the midst of trouble and anguish, which are constantly pursuing and finding us, our delight is in the commandments of the Lord. His words speak sweet assurance to our souls, and we can rest together in the presence of the Lord if our faith is genuine and pure; see 2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels . . .

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