Wednesday 25th April 2018 - Daily Reading:
Psalm 140 - Hope in Hard Times by Becky White

David definitely suffered in his life. He was persecuted before he reigned. He was humbled before he was lifted up. There were many who loved him and honoured him, while many others hated and envied him. If we look at Davidís psalms overall, we see his responses to all of these situations. David certainly understood that in every circumstance, his eyes needed to be fixed upon the Lord.

However, in the final words of this psalm, David offers comfort to all who are struggling. He says that he knows that the Lord brings justice to the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. He knows this for sure because not only is it Godís character, but David himself has seen evidence of Godís righteousness and justice.

There is hope here for all of us who experience hardship, injustice and difficulties in our lives. It is not a hope that we will somehow avoid these things, but a sure hope that one day they will end, and that the righteousness and justice of God will prevail.

When that happens, those who have remained faithful to God, who have honoured him and walked in his ways will surely praise his name. It is God who is our shield in the day of battle, and from him our mercy comes. He is the one who deals out justice; we can put our trust entirely in him.

If today, you are overwhelmed with trouble, feeling oppressed or attacked, or being treated unjustly then commit yourself wholeheartedly to the hand of the Lord who can deliver you, shield you and hear your cries for mercy.

Meditation verse: Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.

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