I’ve come to another time when I am frustrated.  My husband’s job ended a few days ago and a new one starts soon.  People are still calling him to help with things he tried to prepare them for many months in advance.  It seems they will NEVER LET GO!  He walked into the living room to put on his sandals to go out and realized the dog has chewed through the buckle on his favorite sandals.  I cannot tell you how frustrated I feel.

Upon looking up the definition of frustration, I found that the real feeling behind this frustration is my own pride…………..Frustration – a deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs.  It’s just one of those “Calgon Take Me Away” moments.

In everything we do a believers, I see that pride is one of the most deep seeded issues we hold onto.  It shows up in so many things we do………………parenting, finance, clothing, attitudes, and most of all in relationships.  Psalm 10:4 says, “In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”  Let me just rephrase that.  In my pride I do not seek him, in all my thoughts there is no room for God.  I am so busy searching for my own “happiness”, that I have forgotten who gives me what.

Those calls for my husband to help out are ways he can show God’s mercy and love.  He can help ministry continue and flourish.  He can serve the Lord with excellence.  The dog is our friend.  We have neglected him and left him to chew on stuff to pass the time.  What a terrible steward I have become with God’s priorities.

God’s reply to the Psalmist is to change His heart.  The psalmist remembers who God truly is.  It says in verses 15-18, “But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.b  Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness  that would not be found out. The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.”

Mathew Henry’s response is this………..The children of God cannot expect kindness, truth, or justice from such persons as crucified the Lord of glory. But this once suffering Jesus, now reigns as King over all the earth, and of his dominion there shall be no end. Let us commit ourselves unto him, humbly trusting in his mercy. He will rescue the believer from every temptation, and break the arm of every wicked oppressor, and bruise Satan under our feet shortly. But in heaven alone will all sin and temptation be shut out, though in this life the believer has a foretaste of deliverance.

Each day is a new test of who I think Gos is and what He has called me to do.  Praise the Lord, He is merciful and does not smite me down right away but send His Spirit to convict me and help to grow and repent.

Keith Green has a song called Glory, Lord Jesus

Glory lord jesus, glory to your holy name.
Glory lord Jesus, your blood,
It has removed my shame.
When the son of man returns,
Will he find faith on the earth?
Well I hope so, I want to be found ready.

Holy, lord Jesus, holy is your righteous throne.
Holy, lord Jesus, my praises go to you alone.
Worthy art thou lord our god,
To receive all glory honor and power,
For there is none beside thee.

Faith is believin’, faith is for overcoming.
And if I’m going to love you.
I sure got to trust you.

Glory lord Jesus, glory to your holy name.
Forevermore you’ll never change.
When the son of man returns,
Will he find faith on the earth?
Well I hope so, I want to be found ready.

I wanna be found ready.
I want to be ready, lord help me be ready.
Please let me be found ready, I wanna be ready.
Oh, lord help me be ready.
I wanna be found ready, I wanna be ready.
Lord help me

Glory lord Jesus,
Glory to your holy name.
Glory lord Jesus,
Your blood has removed my shame.

Glory lord Jesus,
Glory to your holy name.
Glory lord Jesus,
For evermore you’ll never change.

Lauren Dillard