Tuesday: December 10        

Psalm 32:1-11

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah

Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.

Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

 

from Janice Hill, First Christian Church, Parkersburg

 So many things can disappoint us.  The new car loses its luster, the clothes go out of style. The (pastor, friend, family member, work colleague, church member) does things that hurt us.  Our health may or may not be the best.  So what are we to do?

You know the answer:  trust God.  How easily the words flow, trust God.  When the diagnosis is bad, when the future looks grim, just trust God?  How?

Like the psalmist, I believe that we have to be honest with God.  God can handle our sorrow, anger, grief, disbelief, all of it.  Cry out to God and ask God:  “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress:”

God, I don’t understand, but you do.  May that be enough!

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