When I try to find my own way, make my own decisions, claim my independence, I often find myself lost.
v. 4-5 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in, hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them
But when I cry out to God, He delivers me from my decisions and leads me by His way to a good place.
v. 6-7 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.
God is bigger than my independence.
When I rebel against what God tells me, I often end up fighting one affliction after another, bound to circumstances with no idea how to change them and finding no one who can help.
v. 10-12 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help.
But when I cry out to God, He enlightens my heart and breaks the bonds that bind me.
v. 13-14 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.
God is bigger than my rebellion.
When I sin, choose to live with what God has said was evil, I often live with a growing unease, feel unfulfilled, and increasingly avoid reading the Bible or spending intimate time with Him.
v. 17-18 Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; they loathed any kind of food, and drew near to the gates of death.
But when I cry out to God, He heals me and delivers me from my own self-destruction.
v. 19-20 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
God is bigger than my sin.
When I compromise with the world, seeking what I need from it, I often find it is not reliable, and often backfires on me.
v. 23-27 Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep. For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end.
But when I cry out to God, He calms the seas and brings me where my needs are met.
v. 28-30 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.
God is bigger than my spiritual adultery.
Thank You, God, for Your steadfast love!
v. 8, 15, 21, 31 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For God is bigger than everything, even me.