Today you should read: Psalm 31
This has been a rough year for many of us all over the world. Japan was devastated by earthquakes and tsunamis, Mississippi, as well as other places, faced floods and Alabama faced massive tornados just to name a few. This is a tough time for so many families and I can’t imagine the sorrow they must feel. I can imagine that many of them are searching for refuge from the grief they face. Where can hope be found?
Psalm 31 points us to the Lord:
“In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!” (v.1-2)
David makes it clear that only in the Lord can we take refuge. He is our rock and righteous deliverer. Does this mean that if we place our trust in the Lord we will never face hardships? Absolutely not! In verse 7 David points out that the Lord knows our afflictions and hardships and it is through them that He gives us grace. David is distressed because he is battling adversaries who are trying to kill him, he has persecutors on every side, and even his friends are deserting him (v. 9-13).
It is my prayer that when you face adversity you would run to the Lord and trust in Him. Understand that no matter the situation the purposes of the Lord will prevail.
Meditate today on Psalm 31:23-24:
“Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” Psalm 31:23-24
Posted by: Chad Wiles