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2020-05-13 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen/All Day, All Night

This spiritual is striking in that the subject of the song is “Trouble.” But even thought it has “Trouble” in it, it also has “Glory Hallelujah.” What gets us from “Trouble” to “Glory”?

We are all in trouble in this world.  But the singer says that what you see ain’t all there is.  No, there is even a greater trouble than you see. The singer is in the midst of a terrible circumstance and not only that, there is nobody who understands. There is nobody who feels.  There is nobody who can even see it!

But then the singer has a revelation … nobody knows it BUT JESUS. Yes, there is One who sees everything. There is One who knows the full extent of our troubles.

Then after that revelation, the singer says “glory hallelujah”.  The singer doesn’t tell us here exactly why this is something to celebrate.  Perhaps the singer remembers the scripture that tells us that Jesus is able to help us because he suffered (being tempted) in this wretched earth and lived where we live. (Hebrews 2:18)

Perhaps the singer begins celebrating because there is power in someone simply knowing what the singer has to go through.  Maybe the singer uplifts praise to the Most High because God is there and will not allow his pain to go unheard.  God will listen to us when we pray.  Maybe the singer uplifts praise because God will overturn the pain into good for the Bible tells us that weeping only has a short duration and joy will come in the morning (Psalm 30:5).

I don’t know.  But one thing I do know, we can be sure God is with us. We can be sure that Jesus cares. And we can be sure that “There is a balm in Gilead that heals the sin sick soul.”  In Jesus, our pain is overcome, and yes, in Jesus our pain is heard.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the reality that you are with us in our pain.  We acknowledge that you hear us and even when we can’t see the other side of the storm, we thank you for leading the ship through the treacherous waters to the sunlight of a limitless future. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Excerpts of devotional by Sherman Cox

https://www.wattpad.com/94130030-deep-river-a-negro-spiritual-devotional-day-10

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

I Peter 5:7 (NLT)

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen,
Nobody knows but Jesus.
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen,
Glory hallelujah.

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen,
Nobody knows but Jesus.
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen,
Glory hallelujah.

Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down,
Oh, yes, Lord!
Sometimes I'm almost to the ground,
Oh, yes, Lord! O

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen,
Nobody knows but Jesus.
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen,
Glory hallelujah.

All night, all day, 
angels watching over me, my Lord.
All night, all day, 
angels watching over me.

 
*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrel

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