“Love the Lord, all His faithful ones. The Lord protects the loyal, but fully repays the arrogant. Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:23-24)
Sometimes life events do not go so well. Consider the following list and see if you can relate: disappointments, debt, betrayals, losses, sorrows, abandonments, troubles, rejections, illnesses, sins. Chances are that at least one of these may ring a bell in your life memories.
Those who desire to walk with God faithfully may well wonder why such events come into their lives. David clearly did. In verse 22 he wrote, “In my alarm I had said, ‘I am cut off from Your sight. But You heard the sound of my pleading when I cried to You for help.’” When hurtful events come our way, they may indeed “sound the alarm” and wreak havoc on our confidence or faith.
Still, as David did, we cry out to God, and then we wait. We trust. And then, we will come to the same conclusion he did: “Love the Lord, all His faithful ones. The Lord protects the loyal, but fully repays the arrogant. Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord.” Our cry for help brings an affirmation of faith.
Lord, How we thank You for the strength You provide through Your Spirit within us. We express our confidence in Your redemptive love and power, and we trust You for all that we need. Amen.