February 20

Psalm 37:39-40

“The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their refuge in the time of trouble.” vs. 39

The psalmist believed that the world contained both wicked and righteous people and it was pretty easy to tell the difference between the two. Most of us have made similar observations. Even though we have theological reasons for saying that all are sinners, in our hearts we agree with the psalmist. What was irksome in those days and in ours is that the wicked, anyone not in our camp, seem to do better than they should. The psalmist advises us to not fret about such things because in the long run the Lord will be our refuge in the time of trouble. And that’s a big deal… he calls it our salvation. Jesus, of course, went a step further and says that salvation is really for all people and not just for the righteous. In fact he went out of his way to let sinners know that God’s love extended even to them. But that doesn’t negate the promise of the psalmist for us. It is true that our salvation is from the Lord…the Lord will be our refuge in the time of trouble…which is what many of us have experienced. We’ve been at the end of our ropes with no one to turn to, and God has heard our cries for help. We’ve found the healing we crave and been delivered from adversity.

Thought for the Day: Who do I turn to in the time of trouble?

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