Daily Devotional 6-22-20

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Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 43:1-4. And I chose this particular Psalm because it reflects much of what I’m feeling this week.

God’s word says this. It says, “Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and the unjust man deliver me! For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your Holy Hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God” (ESV).

In verse one, we set the stage as Christians asking God to defend us against the ungodly, but you’ll see quickly in verse two, where this request is coming from. The Psalmist feels rejected in that his petitions go unheard and he feels oppressed. And this resonated with me on two levels. One personally, I feel discouraged at times, especially this past week, and that God’s not hearing or doing anything about the ungodly attitudes and actions in our nation and our communities.

And then two, I feel pain and sorrow for the afflicted, those under persecution in their own communities, whether justified or unjustified in their feelings, it doesn’t matter. They feel pain. And our fellow brothers and sisters cry out for relief. And as a Christian, I know that we live in a broken and in a fallen world. And although we have hope in Christ and we know someday he will return and conquer all, I still feel the pains as we live through.

However, as I continue to read, I took comfort in verses three and four. God gives the solution for short term relief until Christ’s return, that I must look to the truth of God. His light and his truth will lead me through this difficult time. And I’m then to encourage others to let God’s light and truth lead them as well. And as we follow God, we are led to his dwelling place where I can worship at his altar with exceeding joy, knowing that I have found eternal life in Christ.

And if this joy can overwhelm the despair that I sometimes feel, and if my praises can heal my wounded heart, shouldn’t I share the same balm with others? Yes, we live in a broken world, but God has given us hope. Christ lived and died and rose again so that we would have hope in Christ Jesus.

It’s my prayers for you and for all who are wounded and hurting is to confess your sins and seek forgiveness in Christ and let the Lord’s light and truth lead us to joy as we worship God this week.