Reading: Psalm 31: 9-15
Verses 14… 15… and 16: I trust in you O Lord… my times are in your hands… save me in your unfailing love.
Reading verses nine through thirteen one cannot help but to think of Jesus at the end of His earthly life. His last days certainly contained distress, sorrow, anguish, affliction, contempt, slander, and plotting against Him. These last days were certainly a trial and struggle for the human side of Jesus. They would have been for us as well. Probably moreso.
Each day in our world, there are people who live through these emotions and experiences on a regular basis. There are places in our world where Christians are persecuted and where life is very difficult because of their faith. Those living in such conditions need our daily prayers.
There are some in our country that will face trials today because of their faith. There is the young person whose faith is challenged by the new pressures and pulls of college life. There is the new believer whose faith is foreign or counter to their family’s belief system. There is the middle schooler who experiences taunts each day because she prays over her food in the cafeteria. There is the Dad who just lost his job. There is the young couple who just lost a child. This is only a sampling.
Perhaps we are one of those listed above. Regardless, we all have struggles and trials that we face. While most of ours and even those listed above pale in comparison to those Jesus faced, they are still very real and front-and-center for us. They are significant because they affect our lives and our faith. Just as the psalmist did, just as Jesus did, just as those in foreign land do, just as all other faithful disciples before us did and do, may we too place our hope in God. May we too cry out, “I trust in you O Lord… my times are in your hands… save me in your unfailing love”. All like all of these, may His “face shine on you”.