Read Psalm 9
Featured Verse: Psalm 9:9-10
“The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.”
Do you ever wonder what people who don’t know the Lord do when they face overwhelming difficulty and indescribable pain in their lives? I’ve often thought of that when a young mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer or the sole breadwinner abandons his wife and kids or when parents stands over the grave of a teenager killed in a car crash, or a variety of other tragic scenarios. What do people do without Jesus?
I am so thankful that my trust is in the Lord. He is indeed a shelter and a refuge. Not that I have been kept from hardship and tragedy—neither have you. We’ve had our share, and perhaps will experience more in the future. As Jesus said, the rain falls on the just and unjust alike. The difference is, we know to Whom we can run when it’s raining—our loving Shelter. We know where to go in times of trouble—our great Refuge.
That is one of the things I love most about the faith that I’ve placed in Jesus Christ as my Savior. No matter what, I win! When trouble hits, I win because God delivers me from all of my troubles. (Psalm 34:17, Psalm 41:1) Even when I (or someone I love) go through the tragedy of terminal illness, relational heartbreak, economic disaster, or premature death, I belong to a God who:
- Holds my hand—“never will I leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
- Provides my daily bread—”My God will supply all your needs according to his riches.” (Philippians 4:19)
- Turns my tragedy to triumph—“In all things he works for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8:28)
- Trumps death with eternal life—“He who believes in me, even though he dies, will live again.” (John 11:24-26)
- And one day will permanently turn my tears to joy and make everything new—“He will wipe away every tear.” (Revelation 21:4)
Even though life doesn’t always turn out as we have planned, God will never abandon us. He has a track record of faithfulness and goodness going all the way back to the beginning. He has never failed, not even once! And even if life doesn’t make sense to us now, we have this assurance that when we cross to the eternal side, we will fall on our knees in worship and wonder at the wisdom of the One who does all things well!
So determine now to trust him at all times, and when the tough times come around, don’t abandon your hope and trust in the only One who will never abandon you.
“Let thy hope of heaven master thy fear of death.
Why shouldst thou be afraid to die,
who hopest to live by dying!”