THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Psalm 13:5 (NIV)
WALKING THROUGH EMOTIONAL DARKNESS: REJOICE IN GOD’S PROMISES
The bitter news of Dawson Trotman’s drowning swept like a cold wind across Schroon Lake to the shoreline. Eyewitnesses tell of the profound anxiety, the tears, the helpless disbelief in the faces of those who now looked out across the deep blue water. Everyone’s face except one-Lila Trotman, Dawson’s widow. As she suddenly walked upon the scene a close friend shouted, “Oh, Lila … He’s gone. Dawson’s gone!” To that she replied in calm assurance, the words of Psalm 115:3: ‘But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.’ All of the anguish, the sudden loneliness that normally consumes and cripples those who survive did not invade that woman’s heart. Instead, she leaned hard upon her sovereign Lord, who had once again done what He pleased. (Starting Over by Charles R. Swindoll).
David rejoiced in God’s “salvation” The word “salvation” here does not refer to salvation in the future world, but to deliverance from his present troubles. He now calls on his heart to rejoice in the assurance of God’s promises. David didn’t just rejoice when salvation arrived, he rejoiced in anticipation of God’s salvation.
What are some of your favorite promises of God? How can those promises be a source of joy when you are walking through tragedy?
Praise God for the wisdom of His sovereignty. Thank Him for allowing you to lean into Him even in seasons where you don’t understand.