I don’t know if it’s something the world tells us or we tell ourselves, or if it’s just an issue of inflated ego, but the idea of having enemies kind of stinks. There is some idea that if you’re positive and friendly enough then everyone will find you likeable. However it’s evident that no matter who you are, you’ll have enemies. You can be Mother Teresa, a bouncing cute little baby, or the savior of the world, and still you will have those who dislike you and want to see you lose.
Maybe the thought of that doesn’t move you. If that’s true, that’s awesome. But given a few different circumstances and when you find yourself a bit desperate for a win, well that idea isn’t very fun.
Recently I read Psalms 25. I always get surprised by David’s way of being in tune with his feelings and his faith in such a relevant way. I’m thankful to know that this king, this ancestor of Jesus Christ, this “man after God’s own heart,” struggled too and decided to write it down so that we can read it and be encouraged by it. I’m thankful that I’m not the only one that lives day-by-day needing God’s grace, needing His mercy, and seeking His hope.
When David says, “my hope is in you all day long,” I realize that he must have needed to hang onto God minute by minute. Not half a day, not just in the morning, but he was holding onto God’s hope all day long. I hope this encourages you like it does me. To know the same struggles King David had is the same that we have today, and the same God that gave him hope thousands of years ago is still giving it out today. Not just once a day, but all day long.
Psalm 25[a] Of David.
1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
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