By: Tim Sader
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. (Psalm 119:28)
In our last torch we learned about having a heart that is open to the Lord so we can learn from Him how we should live our lives. Our song was Open The Eyes Of My Heart by Paul Baloche. When our souls are weary from the troubles and sorrow of this life we can turn to the word of the Lord to find our strength. We can trade those sorrows in on the joy we find in serving the Lord. Our song today will be I’m Trading My Sorrows by Darrell Evans. The link to this song is https://youtu.be/W1cv1tzzgbk or search for it on YouTube. We trade our sorrows and shame; laying them down for the joy of the Lord. We trade sickness and pain to find that joy also. We say yes Lord for His joy that can replace our troubles. We say Amen to it. There are many sorrows in this life that we can experience. For some of us sickness or pain will be our trouble for some it maybe loss of a job, debt or unpaid bills. Other sorrows maybe are from bad relationships, addiction, depression, anxiety or mental illness. One major sorrow we all face at some point is the loss of a relationship to a loved one or when a loved one has passed away. I have experienced sorrow because of most of these things I listed but most of all the sudden passing of my brother was the worst of it. We were best friends and did everything together. I would have never made it through those dark days if I had not known the Lord and found joy that only He could provide. From the words of my brother Joe; No more sorrow, God I will follow, I will live for tomorrow and I will borrow today. He said I’m Trading My Sorrows to follow God who gives us tomorrow and borrowed us today.
When the righteous cry out to the Lord He hears us and delivers us from all our troubles (Psalm 34:17). The Lord hears us especially when we choose to follow Him; only He can save us from our troubles. When our situation seems hopeless and we are scared to death, when we are stressed and overcome by sorrow we can cry out to God and ask Him to save us (Psalm 116:3-4). God is always there when we call out to Him for help. When I’m Trading My Sorrows He’s there with joy as an exchange. When hearts are merry it shows on our face but when sorrow fills it the spirit is broken (Proverbs 15:13). If we hang on to our sorrows we cannot be happy and it will show in our lives. We are known by our fruit. When we choose the Lord He will rescue us we will sing in Zion and everlasting joy will be our crown. Gladness and joy will overtake us; sorrow and sighing will flee away (Isaiah 35:10). As the Lords people we may weep and morn while the world rejoices. We may grieve for a time but our grief will turn to joy. A woman in labor suffers the pain of child birth but when the baby is born she forgets her sorrow and has great joy from the birth of her child (John 16:20-21). When we face sorrow in our lives we must learn to see it as labor pains. Out of great sorrow and pain the Lord can fill our heart again with joy in the next season of our lives. As followers of Christ we commend ourselves in endurance, troubles, hardships, distress, in beatings, imprisonment and angry mobs. Through hard work, hunger and sleepless nights; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything (2 Corinthians 6:4-10). If I’m Trading My Sorrows, shame, sickness and pain in for the joy of the Lord than these momentary afflictions cannot last. We are laying them down at the feet of Jesus and we will rejoice in the freedom He has provided for us all.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16