When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O LORD, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
There is one thing that especially attracts me about the Bible’s picture of God: He is so understanding. He knows our weaknesses, but He does not reject us on account of them. He does not ask us to present to Him, or to the world, a façade of strength that has no basis in reality. All He asks is that we sincerely yield to Him all that we have, no matter how inadequate it may seem. Beyond that, His grace supplies.
“My foot is slipping,” the psalmist cried out. He was on the verge of falling and could not save himself. But the moment he acknowledged his need, God came to his rescue: “Your love, O LORD, supported me.”
Here is a pattern for each of us to remember. When our foot begins to slip and we have lost control, God does not ask us to try to save ourselves. We have only to voice our need to Him and His love will be there, supporting and upholding us.
In the next verse the psalmist describes his own inner reactions: “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” It is in times of greatest anxiety that God suddenly ﬂoods our soul with His overwhelming joy. In fact, the greater the pressure we are under, the more wonderful is our experience of God’s consolation.
In 2 Corinthians 1:8–9 Paul describes just such an experience: “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”
When my foot begins to slip, God, help me to remember that Your love is there to support me.
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