I find myself fascinated by the truths of certain statements by Biblical writers who experienced, not just distress, but what they call deep distress.

David writes, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great” (2 Samuel 24:14).

In Psalm 86:7, he writes this simple but profound truth: “When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.”

We fall into God’s hands. He is merciful. He answers our cries. When we feel deep distress, we know what to do:

We leave the dungeon and move to the fortress. Jeremiah says, “Lord, you are my strength and my fortress, my refuge in times of distress” (Jeremiah 16:19).

I think of myself in the fortress of God’s merciful care.

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