There are times in each of our lives when we feel as though we are falling apart. Our lives may seem like it is in shambles. Each situation stacks on top of each other, making it impossible to continue daily life. Who do you turn to? What do you turn to? The book of Psalms is full of these moments. The authors of these passages were sometimes at their lowest low. They, however, turned their eyes to God. Look at Psalm 119:145.
I cry out with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord! I will keep Your statutes.
Although the author of this Psalm is uncertain, it is certain that the author was in desperate need. Have you ever cried out to God with such angst that your chest hurt? Have you ever cried so hard and long that your eyes burn? This is what I imagine when I read “I cry out with my whole heart.” Every fiber of his being was calling to God. I have had those times when I felt that God didn’t hear me. What did the author do after crying out? He said, “I will keep Your statutes.” He continued even when he wasn’t sure God was paying attention. When times get hard, keep going. Keep doing what God asks, no matter how hard it seems at the time. Keep praying. Keeping reading your Bible. Keep making good decisions that honor God. It may hurt. However, God will outlast your hurt. Look on to Psalm 119:146.
I cry out to You; Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.
Understanding this may seem tricky. This passage may seem like the author is bargaining with God. But he is definitely not. In hard times, continue on with obeying God and pay attention to what God is doing in your life. Sometimes, we can get so wrapped up in our pain that do not see God’s hand. Share what you are going through with others and how God is working in your life. Trust me. Sometimes it is you can see it easier through hindsight. Keep God the focus of your life. You then can see how He works through your pain and brings you to a place where you can help others going through the same things.
Look at Psalm 119:147.
I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word.
Finally, to keep things together, be in fellowship with God. Ask for His help in your life. Hope in His word. Scripture is key to this process. In His word, we find true hope. In reading Scripture frequently, even daily, our thoughts are continually being renewed. We can handle problems with a heavenly mindset.
Look at Psalm 5:3.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.
With each new day, we have an opportunity to direct our minds and attitudes upward. To walk down life’s road, we must lift our eyes upward. We must not focus on the things that happen beside us. We must focus ahead and trust in Christ to keep us together, even if everything else is falling apart.