It's December with all the excitement of Christmas looming ahead. But there are some reservoirs of despair in my soul: death and ill health circle older relatives; friends are asking for prayer from the onslaught of Satan; difficulties in the lives of Crossroads families that cause me to fall to my knees to our Father God. This morning I read Psalm 138 and was encouraged by it, so I'm sharing it here.
I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord, when they have heard the words of Your mouth. And they will sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
The verb "will" in the first two verses speak of something I do, whether or not I feel like doing it. I remember past answers to prayer and am strengthened to persevere. We all look forward to the day when "all the kings of the earth" will acknowledge the glory of the Lord. And even if I am walking "in the midst of trouble" I know that God will walk with me and revive me. He will accomplish what concerns me. I can trust wholeheartedly in His lovingkindness, which will never end.
I encourage you to proclaim the excellencies of our God, who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Prayers for a blessed Christmas season for you and your family!