Psa. 118:5 π Psa. 126:5 π Psa. 128:3 π Psa. 138:8 π Psa. 140:12 π Psa. 144:12 π Psa. 145:20 π Psa. 146:8 π Psa. 147:3 π Psa. 147:7 π Psa. 147:14 π Prov. 10:3 π Rom. 5:3 π 1 Cor. 13:5 π 1 Cor. 13:7 π Heb. 5:8 π Jas. 1:12
“I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted and the right of the poor.” ( Psa. 140:12; top )
So if we are afflicted or poor in spirit, or poor in daily needs, then the Lord Himself is maintaining our causes and pleading our case before the Father. You can’t ask for more than that.
However, the perplexing thing is: as we seek to know God more intimately and desire to lose our impatience in our walk with God, God sends people who test our patience to the breaking point, because tribulation works patience. ( Rom. 5:3; top )
As we seek the gentleness of the Father, stressful circumstances that restrict the progress we desire to make toward a Jesus-like life: the only way out is to go through, by accepting every trial, every unholy, distasteful circumstance, as coming from an all-loving Heavenly Father, who desires to show a sick and sinful world that His wonderful children can show love in all things, for love bears all things. ( 1 Cor. 13:7; top )
As we pray and seek obedience and submission to God’s standards and commandments, the Lord allows sufferings; then we readily learn obedience by the things we suffer. ( Heb. 5:8; top )
We pray for God-like love, and the Lord puts the most unlovely people into our lives, whose remarks cut deep and leave hurtful wounds; whose children and their three-wheelers tear up our lawns and gardens; and people who criticize the sacrificial gifts we give them. ( “Love is not easily provoked.” – 1 Cor. 13:5; top )
But God, the God of all flesh, the God of the universe, the God of the afflicted, is maintaining our cause. Our blessed Jesus has already presented our cause before the Father and has reached out the nail-scarred palms of His hands to bring the blessing and answer to our troubled hearts and lives.
“The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish...” ( Prov. 10:3; top )
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” ( Psa. 147:3; top )
“He preserves all who love Him...” ( Psa. 145:20; top )
“I called upon the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.” ( Psa. 118:5; top )
“...The Lord raises them that are bowed down...” ( Psa. 146:8; top )
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life promised to those who love Him.” ( Jas. 1:12; top )
“He makes peace in your borders and fills you with the finest wheat.” ( Psa. 147:14; top )
“(God who executes judgment for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry...” ( Psa. 147:7; top )
“The Lord will perfect that which concerns you...” ( Psa. 138:8; top )
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” ( Psa. 126:5; top )
“Your wife shall be a fruitful vine by the sides of your house; your children like olive plants around your table.” ( Psa. 128:3; top )
“...Our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as cornerstones, polished after the likeness of a palace.” ( Psa. 144:12; top )
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