Journal Entry ~ 01/03/19

13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. NASB 

My favorite version of this verse is the NASB - it's the version I have stored in my heart because it so captures my heart. Without the firm belief in the promise that I will see the goodness of the Lord here - on this earth, while I am still living - I would have despaired. 

When we're in despair, we can’t see anything good in our future.  Our temptation in these desperate moments is to just give up hope. But in this psalm, instead of surrendering to the darkness of despair, David chose to believe with confidence in the goodness of God's promises. We need grab a hold of the same promises when we feel as if all hope is lost. When we look at a difficult trial in front of is, we have a choice - we can choose to drop our heads into our hands and give up, or we can choose to stand up on the promises God makes to us in scripture. He promises never to leave us or forsake us, He promises to love us, He promises to work all things out for the good of those who love Him. ALL things, not just some things. That’s a promise that brings me Hope. 

And we not only do we need to grab a hold of the promises, we need to speak them - to whoever will listen to us. When we speak His promises out loud, when we tell others of our confidence in His faithfulness and His goodness to fulfill His promises, He blesses us abundantly with His peace. I know this to be true because He has blessed me more times than I can remember by speaking this verse out loud. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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