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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.81-88

Psalm 119: 81-88
“My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word.  My eyes fail with longing for Your word, While I say “When will You comfort me?”  Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget Your statutes.  How many are the days of Your servant?  When will You execute judgement on those who persecute me?  The arrogant have dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law.  All Your commandments are faithful; They have persecuted me with a lie; help me!  They almost destroyed me on earth, But as for me, I did not forsake Your precepts.  Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.”

As we continue our march through Psalm 119, today we come across a stanza that finds the psalter crying out to the Lord for rescue from his enemies.  And though the writer finds himself in dire circumstances he nonetheless professes his intention to remember the laws of God.  This is model behavior that we all should emulate.  No matter how bleak our situation may appear to be, we must always keep in mind that these earthly afflictions are but for a moment.

For those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we can rest assured that, compared with the promise of eternal life, temporary setbacks that we experience in this world are just that; temporary.  In John 5:24 Jesus tells us “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgement, but has passed out of death into life.”

Some believers have difficulty in resting in this promise, and other similar promises.  This is where faith takes center stage.  No matter how rough things are, we must not waiver in our faith in Jesus Christ.  Our praise and worship should continue unabated.  By remaining diligent in our focus to serve, and by examining ourselves regularly, and repenting as necessary, we can be assured of positive outcomes.  Take Job for example.  He suffered tremendously, but in Chapter 42:2 he tells the Lord “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”  Reading further in the chapter we see that not only did God restore the fortunes of Job, but He increased everything twofold.

Nobody enjoys going through hardships.  But as you go through life and endure challenges you become more mature, and as a result, stronger and stronger in your faith.  Don’t forget what Jesus taught us in John 15:2 “…every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”  While pruning is painful, it is very necessary to ensure that we continue to grow.  Have a great day!

Weekly Bible ReadingYour hands made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. Psalm 119.73