October 18

Psalm 91:13-16

“When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.” vs. 15

The psalmist is convinced that those who love the Lord will be rewarded in a big way. Their prayers will be answered and they will be rescued and honored in the time of trouble. This isn’t a matter of believing in God…that’s not what the writer is is talking about…believing in God was a given in those days. Only fools said that there was no God. What the psalmist had in mind was that special category of people who not only believe in God, they love God. We still run into such folks, even in our age of God-denyers. These are those people who love life, who give thanks for every day, and who appreciate the constant daily reminders of God’s presence. Worship is no chore…it’s what they love to do…and they devote their days to kingdom living. Their eyes are full of joy and they lift the hearts of those who encounter them. Even when times are tough they keep on loving God…and as the psalmist observed, God hears their prayers and rescues them in time of need. They emerge from their days of darkness with unyielding appreciation for the goodness of God. Those who witness their triumphant spirit in the face of tribulation are amazed at their faith…and all of us are blessed by their presence in our communities.

Thought for the Day: The difference between loving God and believing in God!

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