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An Anchor In Hard Times

By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal

Psalm 11:2

“For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.”

No matter how bad you may think you have it in life, there is always a reason to praise the LORD. Many times in the hard times of life, believers can get so self-focused that they think that life is so bad that they have no reason to praise the LORD. According to the verse above, there is always a reason to praise the LORD. In your hard times of life, this psalm can be an anchor to help you through whatever you are facing. Let me point out several truths this verse presents that makes it an anchor in the hard times of life.

First, everything starts with God. This verse says, â€śFor his…” If the only thing you have in your hard times is God, you have more than enough to find a reason to fill your mouth with praise. The problems of life can never overshadow the presence of God; therefore, the only reason you can’t see God is because you are choosing to dwell on your problems than on the presence of God about you.

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Second, God is merciful. This verse says, â€śFor his merciful…” In spite of what you are facing, God is still merciful. My friend, God’s mercy is not diminished because of your problems. In fact, the opposite is true; God’s mercy has never left your life in spite of the problems you face. God’s mercy is there to help you if you will go to Him for help.

Third, God is kind. The verse above says, â€śFor his merciful kindness…” God is very kind to the believer to allow them to enjoy His presence. You don’t deserve the presence of God, but He is kind towards you to give you His presence in the difficulties of life. Always remember that God could leave you to your own means to deal with your problems, but He is very kind to be there for you to help you through your troubles.

Fourth, God’s kindness is merciful. God says, â€śFor his merciful kindness…” Always remember that you don’t deserve God’s kindness; it is simply the mercy of God that He chooses to be kind to you. Everything that happens to any of us is less than we deserve, but God’s merciful kindness lifts the degree of difficulty of what we do face. It is only of God’s mercy that He is kind to us to be with us in our troubles.

Fifth, God’s merciful kindness is always present. God says, â€śFor his merciful kindness is…” You are not dealing with a God who used to be present in your life, but you are dealing with a God who is present in your life. Every characteristic of God is always accessible to the believer because God is a present tense God.

Sixth, God’s merciful kindness is great; there are no limits to it. God says, â€śFor his merciful kindness is great…” Your problems are never too big for the merciful kindnesses of God. Your problems may seem beyond your capacity to handle, but as long as God’s presence is working in your life, you have the capacity to handle your problems because there are no limits to His ability to help.

Seventh, God’s merciful kindness is for you. My friend, remember that â€śhis merciful kindness is great toward us…” This is a truth that â€śendureth for ever.” I don’t know what you are going through today, but I know that the presence of God is there to help you because there is no end to his merciful kindness. You have a reason to praise the LORD in spite of your problems, and that reason is that He is merciful and kind enough to be there with you through what you face today.

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Pastor Allen Domelle was raised in a preacher’s home. At a young 5 years of age he was saved. Later, at the age of 13, he surrendered his life to full-time Christian service. By the time he was 15 years of age, a position opened up in his church that allowed him to start preaching every week. After graduating from high school, he went to Hyles-Anderson College where he graduated. He later received an honorary doctorate from the Bethel Baptist College in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
Bro. Domelle started traveling as a full-time evangelist in 1990. Throughout the years of being an evangelist, God allowed him to preach in 49 of the 50 states and several foreign countries, see thousands of people saved, and thousands of decisions made by believers in those meetings.
On April 15, 2018, Bro. Domelle took the pastorate at Maranatha Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma. He continues to travel and hold meetings while pastoring a growing church. Bro. Domelle also co-founded the Old Paths Conference which is a Baptist conference that strongly promotes the old-time ways. He has authored several books, and is the founder and editor of the Old Paths Journal.
Bro. Domelle believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to win people to Christ. He personally wins many people to Christ each year. He has also seen several men saved under his ministry who have been called to preach and are now pastoring here in the States or serving as missionaries on foreign fields.
Bro. Domelle and his wife, Sandy, have been happily married since 1994. They have one daughter, Caitlyn.

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