Distress and Relief
Psalm 4:1

The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2017, Max D. Hutto,

“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 4:1 NASB

In distress David cries out for God to hear and answer his prayer. David draws a picture with the words “distress” meaning a tight place and “relief” meaning an enlarged and open place. Troubles, trials, and stress press in around us causing us to feel pressured and confined. Relief comes when we are no longer pressed and squeezed into a small space but released into a spacious place. It is God who has freed David from the distress even while in the midst of trouble.

Lord Jesus, I am thankful that You hear and answer my prayers. Your compassion and grace have provided help and relief to me even as I face the trials and troubles of life.


  June 9, 2017

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