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"He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord" - Psalm 40:3 (NIV)

When David wrote, "May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion" (Psalm 40:14), any can agree he had been pushed to the wall. It is probably when he was being persecuted by Saul or after being overthrow by his son Absalom from the throne. Further down he writes, "For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within" (vv 12).

Yet in spite of being on the run, his life on the edge, David's faith comes through and he proclaims, "I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand" (vv 2).

Perhaps we might wonder where David drew his confidence from! David had unshakable faith in God well reflected as he wrote, "Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods" (vv4).

As the life of David shows Christians are not immune to trials. In those moments of difficulty there could be the urge to seek all available alternative solutions to arrest the situation. The faith of David who sunk to the depth should always be a source of inspiration. As he was down, may his faith be our prayer too: "But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay (vv 17).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of creation of heaven and earth, whatever the circumstances I am faced with, just like David, I put my faith in you, for you put a song in my heart and deliver me!

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    "And your life will be brighter than the noonday; it’s darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security”  (Job 11:17-19.)

    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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