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HE LIFTS UP THOSE WHO ARE IN TROUBLE

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Psalm 27:5‘For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.’

Trouble is that inevitable part of life. It is completely unavoidable not to face some sort of trouble in the course of life. It is not a matter of if, but of when. When we face times of trouble, the Lord is there again to come and lift us up. In fact, He wants to do more than just lift us up. He will come and protect us from the trouble. (In the day of trouble, He will conceal me, and in the day of trouble He will hide me.) Perhaps He protects, conceals, and hides us until the trouble has passed, but then His ultimate plan is to step into our situation and circumstances and lift us up and out of the trouble. He allows us to stand securely on a rock or a place of strength from where we can be above the trouble around us. He wants to lift up those who are facing troubles.

HE LIFTS UP THE HUMBLE
Psalm 147:6 ‘The LORD lifts up the humble.’

In the storms and hurdles of life, it is vitally important that we keep the right attitude. We need to keep on trusting the Lord. We need to keep on walking with a clean heart and a humble spirit, and with patience and endurance. We cannot allow ourselves to become bitter, angry, or sour and resentful. It is important that we stay humble and dependent on God, without losing faith or trying to lift ourselves up. We need to wait for Him to do it.

1 Peter 5:6 ‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.’

In His time He will come and lift us up and we need to be humble and patient while He is working out the details.

HE LIFTS US UP – WE DON’T HAVE TO DO IT OURSELVES
As I was preparing these notes, I discovered something that really encouraged me. When we are down and out or feeling down and out, the Lord expects us to pick ourselves up, but He does not expect us to do it on our own. In the book of Ezekiel God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel: The LORD said, ”Ezekiel, son of man, I want you to stand up and listen.” (Ezekiel 2:1 – CEV) At face value it may seem a little harsh to tell a man who was feeling down and out to get up and stand. But the next verse tells us that God did not expect him to do it on his own. God had a plan to lift him up and make it possible for him to be able to stand.

Ezekiel 2:2 ‘As He (The Lord) spoke to me, the Spirit entered me, stood me on my feet, and I heard Him speaking to me.’

It is so amazing to see that God sent His Holy Spirit to physically lift him up and stand him on his feet. I remember when my children were learning to walk. They would walk a few steps and fall over. Often, I would pick them up and stand them on their feet so that they could try again. Ultimately, they learned to stand and walk and then there was no stopping them. The Lord wants you to stand up, but He is going to pick you up so that you are able to do it. According to what we see later in the story of Ezekiel, this did not happen once, but twice!

Ezekiel 3:12‘Then the Spirit lifted me up…’

He will lift you up and He will keep on lifting you up.

Isaiah 40:31‘But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.’

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