Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hope in His Steadfast Love

His delight is not in the strength of a horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Psalm 147:10-11(ESV)

These words of the psalmist tell us that God does not rely on the things we might trust. He looks with favor upon those who respect Him and who truly believe in His undying love. As humans we see others placing their trust in things that will eventually wear out. The house my parents bought when I was a toddler has been torn down for several years. All but one of the schools I attended have been demolished. The one build that still stands is a community center for those who live in that area.

We know physical strength can weaken and cause issues for us. We see it in those who become encumbered with weakened joints and muscles. I have witnessed different friends of mine lose their mobility due to disease and infirmities. It can be sad to watch someone go downhill. The only positive help is when they know the LORD.

Strength in God gives us all peace of mind and the ability to endure the times of intense stress and health crises. It is not easy to watch a loved one as they go through the rigors of disease. However, God is there for His children as they watch as he or she goes through those tough times.

Let us all learn to lean on God and his steadfast love as we endure times of stress and heartache.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The LORD, My Hope

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For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust from my youth.
Upon you I have learned from before my birth;
you are He who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.
Psalm 71:5-6 (ESV)

The psalmist bares his soul here. What does he say that makes us stop and ponder his words?

“For you, O Lord, are my hope,” The writer tells God that He, the LORD, is his mainstay in life.

“my trust from my youth.” He tells God that He, the One true God, has upheld him from his early years.

“Upon you,
I have learned from before my birth;” God has been speaking to this psalmist from the time he could first hear. Just so you understand, babies can hear before they are born.

“you are He who took me from my mother’s womb.” God appoints the time for the birth process to begin. He is in control of our lives even earlier than the birth process. He determines the color of our eyes, the color of our hair, who we resemble of our parents or grandparents.

“My praise is continually of you.” Our praises should become our watchword and our response to all things that come to our ears and into our lives. If the event affects us in negative ways, it will make us stronger people, if we allow God to teach us the lessons He has for us.

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