Comfort from the Psalms

“O Lord my God, in you I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and
deliver me, lest they tear me like a lion, rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver. Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; yes he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood” (Psalms 7:1,2,14).
The news in Bangladesh this week was not calculated to inspire feelings of security. During one half-hour period on Tuesday morning over 500 bombs exploded throughout the nation. Two are reported dead; over 100 injured. Terrorists seeking a change of government are claiming “credit” for these explosions. Thankfully, their aim seems to have been to inspire fear and confusion more than to kill and maim. The bombs were small and were placed in less crowded places. Yet the message is plain: life is cheap and evil is abundant.
So it has always been. In the days of David, enemies were everywhere. He spent much of his life fleeing from them, and when he was not running he was fighting. David was a skilled and powerful warrior, yet he understood that security was not something he could provide for himself.
There is danger everywhere. People are not safe in small-town America, in the quiet wilderness areas of the world, or in war-torn troubled nations. No security system, army of guards, or insurance program can guarantee health, prosperity, or life itself. Truly the wicked brings forth evil and plans trouble. And anyone, even the innocent, may be his victim.
Yet David did not despair. “O Lord my God, in you I put my trust,” was his prayer. He understood that even this does not promise safety. All is dependent upon God’s purpose and will. Yet if he chooses to protect us he can and will. And that must be sufficient. We have the choice of living in fear, despair and doubt, or in faith and hope. We can be troubled and worried or we can choose confidence and joy. If wicked men seek to harm us, only God can protect us. Our safest course is to trust in him.
Thus David found security in a troubled world. If God chooses to allow us to suffer, he has his reasons and he is still certain to provide for our eternal well-being. The worst that anyone else can do to us is as nothing compared to God’s ability to bless. Paul reminded us, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
So the conclusion is this: “I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high” (Psalm 7:17). God is powerful. God is good. We must trust in him.

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Michael Brooks

Since 1988 Mike and his wife Brenda have been involved in foreign missions in South America, Africa, and South Asia. Beginning in 1999 they devoted full time to missions, primarily in Bangladesh and Nepal.

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