We are enjoying a bit of Lenten quiet on Mondays here until Easter. I’m posting a verse, a devotion and a prayer. Peace and grace, friends…
“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death. Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name!” (Psalm 30:2-4)
Sometimes we take passages like these a little too literally. We read a verse like, “I cried to you for help, and you restored my health,” and we think, “My health isn’t completely restored; I’m not completely cured – why didn’t God answer my prayer?” We begin to doubt God, or feel like he has abandoned us because our lives and circumstances don’t seem to accurately reflect what we read in Scripture.
The fact is, God might not cure all of our ills, even when we ask him to. But what He will always do is give us hope, peace and even joy in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, if we let him. Our faith in God keeps us from careening into the pit of despair. Our faith in God keeps us steady, allowing us to walk forward in holy confidence knowing that no matter what the outcome, he will be with us.
This is indeed reason for singing and holy praise because we know, as this psalm says, that while “weeping may last through the night, joy comes with the morning.” (30:5) He will see us through.
Lord, sometimes my grief and suffering feel like more than I can bear. Sometimes I doubt your presence and wonder where you are amid the trials. Thank you for this psalm today, Lord – a reminder that you are always here, working to restore me, lifting me up from the pit of despair and loving me. Amen.
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