Bible Reading: Psalm 41
How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.
The LORD will protect him and keep him alive,
And he shall be called blessed upon the earth;
And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.
The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed;
In his illness, You restore him to health.
As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me;
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
My enemies speak evil against me,
“When will he die, and his name perish?”
And when he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood;
His heart gathers wickedness to itself;
When he goes outside, he tells it.
All who hate me whisper together against me;
Against me they devise my hurt, saying,
“A wicked thing is poured out upon him,
That when he lies down, he will not rise up again.”
Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread,
Has lifted up his heel against me.
But You, O LORD, be gracious to me and raise me up,
That I may repay them.
By this I know that You are pleased with me,
Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.
As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,
And You set me in Your presence forever.
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
From everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.
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They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now, right now I'm losing bad…
It's easy to sing
When there's nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I'm held to the flame
Like I am right now
In today’s psalm, David once again finds himself the target of existential threats from his long list of enemies. Even more devastating, a close trusted friend stabs him in the back. Talk about a losing streak! As a man who walked with God daily, David candidly acknowledges his pain and distress to God, but then what?
When “held to the flame”, David remembers that God has brought him through before and has never left him. He then he asks God to raise him up and to uphold his integrity throughout the trial. By relying completely on the Lord, David is ultimately able to praise, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting,” even when nothing seems to be going his way.
Weekly Bible Verse: As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. Psalm 42.1