August 21

Psalm 71:1-6

“Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.” vs. 6

What a blessing it is to have a life-long connection with God…and be aware of it! Most of us know that we were born and that we have mothers but not so many know God as the sustainer and protector of their lives. The psalmist knew, and gave continual praise to the Lord through his entire life. When times were tough it was that faith that gave him confidence…God was his rock, the stronghold of his salvation. Many times we can’t be certain where that assurance comes from…it’s just always been there. Maybe it’s instilled in us through our closest associations, perhaps fathers or mothers who prayed by our bedsides from earliest remembrance. We know of course that God is present in all from the very beginning but that presence can easily be obscured by the cares and pains of the world. Some wander their entire lives never knowing the God who dwells within. They may even think that the trials and tribulations of life are all that is, and that they’re on their own in dealing with challenges. Occasionally God will break out in such persons’ lives with resurrection power…in a flash they know they’re not alone and that there’s more to life than meets the eye. In that moment God becomes for them their fortress of refuge and strength, and they too will sing for joy.

Thought for the Day: How was faith instilled in me?

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