Food for ThoughtPsalm 119:28 Strength
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Psalm 119:28 New International Version

My soul is weary with sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word

There is so much set against us as we walk through this life. Hardships leave us weak and weary as we move through seasons of frustration. Sometimes we get locked into a cage of despair and there are no easy answers to get out.  

We become exhausted with the constant hindrances in our way; hindrances from healing; hindrances from breakthroughs, etc.  It is in these times we often feel lost and alone.   Relationships are challenged and sometimes we lose people once trusted and close to us.  The wave of overwhelming tribulation comes crashing down on us and we feel defeated. It doesn’t matter how many scripture verses are thrown at us, if they are not what God is sending in that moment, they just fall to the ground. People’s words of encouragement seem empty and meaningless.  We have hit a wall called hopelessness and for the moment there seems no way through it, around it or over it.   Our soul is weary with the sorrow of depression and has blocked any view of direction.   

What we need is a word that comes directly from the heart of God.  We need a specific word that pierces through all the disappointment and helplessness.  It must ring true and reverberate within us.   Whether it is the written word or a spoken word of knowledge or prophecy, we need to hear from God a specific hope filled word for the situation we are in. This is known as a Rhema word; it specifically addresses the very heart of the matter.  In these words, there are promises that we must hold onto.

We need people who will speak truth to us, truth that comes from God.   The word that comes from God gives freedom and life and it pierces through the darkness.

We have to be so sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that we know exactly what the person needs to hear.  The psalmist encouraged himself in God and repeated the words given to him so many times from His Lord;  words full of promises and intimate knowledge of the psalmist.

Challenge: We need people around us who will be that support and encouragement to our souls. Be a prayer support for those who are not able to stand emotionally. Learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and speak those specific words they need to hear that comes directly from God.

We ourselves also need to learn to hear from God. This may be difficult at first, but with perseverance, we can hear the voice of the Lord.

God bless


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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.