12 Jun Psalm 120:1; 86:7

In my trouble I cried to the Lord,
And He answered me.

Psalm 86:7

In the day of my trouble I shall call upon You,
For You will answer me

Distress is a word repeated frequently in the Psalms and used over 100 times throughout Scripture. Distress is a common emotion for us all, across all time. It isn’t wrong to feel, but how we react to it, or who we take it to, is key. In Psalm 120 the Psalmist states, “In my distress I called to the LORD” (ESV). David writes in Psalm 86, “When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.” Who or what do you seek when you are in distress? Some complain to anyone who will listen, others drown their sorrows, some just stuff it deep down within themselves. Whatever your coping mechanism, nothing compares with bringing your honest feelings before the Lord and trusting Him to be there. Someone once asked me the hard question: “Have you prayed about it as much as you’re talking (or whining) about it?” Next time you’re feeling distress, call out to the Lord and trust Him to answer.