Some wandered in trackless desert… He led them by a straight road to a city where they could live.” Ps cxvii, 4, 7.

The God of the Bible is so intimately and personally involved in the affairs of people’s lives that He hears each of their prayers for help and delivers them. It is the duty of all who are thus delivered to offer thanksgiving and praise to this exalted divine Guide, Redeemer and Deliverer.

Often we seek God when we are at the end of the rope. We see God as the last resort after we fail in every attempt at saving ourselves. The “some” who got lost in a “trackless” waste were clueless regarding their destination or the path to their city (v. 4). Yet, they kept going this way and that, probably hoping to find a caravan or an oasis. They tried every method in the book until they exhausted their supplies and their energy. Their “souls fainted within them.” That’s when they thought of God. “Then they cried out to God in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress” (v. 6). Indeed, God heard their cries and delivered them from their distress. He led them “by a straight way” until they reached a safe city. Indeed God delivered them from their troubles. God would have gladly helped them if they had chosen to seek his help earlier.

Are you lost in some “desert” not knowing where you’re heading? Call out to God early. Trust in the goodness of God. He has no pleasure in seeing you lost and drained of all energy. He is good and his “steadfast love endures forever.” He sees your life (and everyone’s) from His divine perspective. Even when you do not see a way out of your situation, He sees a “straight” road to your destination from where you are right now. Believe this and praise God!

Whatever happens in our life, it will indeed work out for God’s glory if we let Him save us. After He leads us to safety, we become a part of the large company of the redeemed who sing His praises day and night. The Lord redeems us not only from sin but also from every “trouble” we get into in our long and arduous pilgrimage.

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those He redeemed from trouble…”

A straight way in a trackless desert
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