“In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.”
A very troubling statement is mentioned in this verse when the psalmist said, “my soul refused to be comforted.” In other words, it was not that God had not tried to comfort him, but he refused to accept God’s comfort. It was not that the Holy Spirit did not try to comfort him, but it was that he refused the Holy Spirit’s comfort so that he could take his trouble and make it his identity. In other words, the psalmist was saying by refusing the comfort of the Holy Ghost that he fell in love with the pain of his trouble; thus, he made it his life’s focus. The sad part about refusing the comfort of the Holy Spirit is that it affected six other areas of his life.
First, it gave him a complaining spirit in verse 3. When you refuse the Holy Spirit’s comfort, you will find it easy to complain about everything that happens in life and how everyone treats you. Your refusal to be comforted causes you to become self-focused, which results in you seeing problems with how everyone treats you, and how everything in life is “so bad.”
Second, it gave him a feeling of being overwhelmed in verse 3. Refusing to accept God’s comfort easily makes you overwhelmed with life’s problems. You can’t refuse the comfort of God which lightens the load of trials and not expect your problems to be bigger than life.
Third, it skewed his viewpoint in life to keep him from seeing God’s blessings in verse 4. Refusing the comfort of God caused him to think that his life was “so troubled.” He acquired a self-pity mindset that the only thing he had in life was troubles.
Fourth, it gave him a mindset that God didn’t care for him in verse 7. The only reason anyone could think that God doesn’t care for them is because they have refused His comfort. You can’t see God’s loving care for you in your life when you are focused on yourself and your problems. The only thing you will see by being self-focused is that God has thrown you away.
Fifth, it gave him a mindset that God’s mercy was not great enough for his problems in verse 8. The refusal to accept God’s comfort only caused him to think that God was judging him instead of trying to make something out of him. You will never see that God is merciful to give you your troubles as a tool to help you to be used greatly by Him when you refuse His comfort.
Sixth, it created a mindset that God’s grace was insufficient for his trials in verse 9. God has already promised that His grace is sufficient for your problems, but you will never see how gracious He is until you accept His comfort in your life.
My friend, God has heard your prayers in your troubles, but you will never know it until you accept His comfort for your troubles. Verse 1 shows that God heard the psalmist’s cry when it says, “I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.” God was willing to help, but He couldn’t help as long as the psalmist refused His comfort. God is waiting to help you with your problems, but you must accept His comfort before He can take your problems and make something with them. Let me encourage you to take your eyes off yourself, and accept God’s comfort today.