“You have not shut me up into the hand of the have set my feet in a wide place, Have mercy on me O Lord for I am in trouble”
Psalm 31: 8, 9

Reading: Romans 4: 17; Psalm 50: 15; Psalm 86: 7 and Psalm 18: 6

Again, we see the confident declaration of the Psalmist. He knows his God. He knows He is a liberator, a redeemer. He knows that He will deliver him from the hand of his enemy and bring him into a broad and spacious place of freedom. And so he speaks of it as if it is already accomplished. 

Draw courage and confidence from this declaration for yourself today. You too know your God and after this trial is over, you will know Him even better. You too can declare with confidence your healing and deliverance as if it has already happened – just because you know the character of the only One who can help you. Faith works like this, as our reading for today tells us, you call into being things that are not yet here. You declare things that are not yet in existence and in so-doing, they come into existence in the natural. Of course, these things are realities in the Spirit; they are the promises of God, the finished work of Christ – but in order to experience them in the natural, you need to call them into being, speak of them as though they already do exist, and they will manifest in the natural. 

Some things in life are just God-sized. No man can help you but God alone. Such problems are very frightening but they are also opportunities to draw nearer to God and experience His marvellous, liberating power. And one of the ways in which you do that, is to call those things that are not, as if they are. 

The Psalmist, as we do, cannot help but return to his problem. After all, it is very much with him. He again cries out to the Lord and shares his heart with him. He is in a truly horrible predicament that seems to be affecting his emotional, physical and mental health as well as all his relationships. 

Have mercy on me O Lord for I am in trouble.

If the great King David could simply cry this from his heart, then so can you and I. Don’t be afraid to share the way you’re feeling with the Lord for we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with us in our weakness. Oh yes, he can. Jesus himself, used this very Psalm as his prayer to his Father in his hour of trouble. He understands exactly what it is like to be under extreme mental, emotional and physical distress. After all, he not only suffered stress, terror, anxiety and physical flogging but also took all the sins and sicknesses of the world upon himself on the cross. I would say that there is probably no-body who has ever lived on this earth who understands better than Jesus what it is to go through extreme distress. 

Call upon the Lord in the day of trouble. He promises to hear and rescue you. 


Today Father, give me the strength to stubbornly call those things that are not, as if they are. Give me the strength to call my healing and deliverance into being, by faith in Your Name and promises. I call upon you Lord Jesus for this is my ‘day’ of trouble. I call upon you and ask you to help me for I am in trouble and I need Divine and mighty assistance.