A God for All Seasons by Jerry Vines

A God for All Seasons
Jerry Vines
James 5:13-15

''Any afflicted, let him pray. Any merry, let him sing psalms. Any sick, let him call for the elders of the church.''

In some ways the life of a Christian is no different from any other life. I mean by that in the sense that the experiences which come to people in life come regardless of whether or not they have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. You have your good days and you have your bad days. Whether you're saved or whether you're lost that's true. Some days are good days and some days are bad days. You have your ups and your downs. Life really is a series of hills and valleys. You go from one hill to a valley, then from one valley to a hill. That's just kind of the way the life of any person is every day.

That's one of the reasons I enjoy reading the book of Psalms. When you read the book of Psalms you will find that the writers have played on virtually every string of the human heart. They have played on virtually every note of the human emotion. I did a series some time ago on a few of the psalms entitled, ''Where Psalms are Written.'' I tried to show you some of the circumstances which elicited that particular psalm from the writer. Sometimes the psalmist was in the depths and out of the depths he composed his psalm. At other times he found himself in pleasant places and that's where he wrote his psalm. Sometimes he found himself in the green grass as the Lord laid him down and that's where he wrote his psalm.

So, the psalms are very good in dealing with the human emotions because virtually any emotional experience you are having, you can find a counterpart in the book of Psalms. Any Christian, as well as any people in general, have a hard time dealing with the changing emotions and the changing circumstances of life. Some people don't cope very well with these changes, these different circumstances they encounter. They have a difficult time being able to take the emotional swings tha ...

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