Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Trials and Triumphs...

You will be lied about. Someday. If it hasn't already happened. You will be heartbroken. Someday. If it hasn't already happened. You will be disappointed. Someday. If it hasn't already happened.

All these things and worse were experiences known to David, and they are common to all of us at one point or another in life. Today's scripture passages are all from the Psalms--chapters 7, 31, 34, and 52. All written during difficult times of David's life.

If I had the ability to keep you from all hurt, harm and disappointment, I probably would--even though it would not be good for you to have a trouble free life. Why? Because character is built when we are forced to navigate life's rough waters. When David finally became King, he was a wonderful one because he had persevered in adversity, trusted in times of fear, been courageous when he faced incredible danger, and honored God when it was very tempting to dishonor him.

I pray that you will learn lessons the first time, and that life will be as easy as it can be in order for you to be your best (and most Godly) you--and that in every instance of adversity and trial you will, with the Psalmist David, believe these words,

Psalm 34
4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

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