Thought for the Day #163



NEVER DISGRACED


Psalm 25:1-4 New American Standard Bible

1 To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2  O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me. 3Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed. 4Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me your paths.

Our enemy is constantly trying to intimidate us. One of the things he uses is our fear of being embarrassed or ashamed. Sadly, many Christians fight an ongoing battle to give witness to their confession of faith. Perhaps they are afraid that they will be rejected or ridiculed. Others find it hard to acknowledge their trust in God, fearing that they will fail in their commitment to him.

The psalmist,
David had learned that God never fails them who love and serve him. In one of those difficult moments, (we all have them) he cried out to God. Recognizing that God alone was the source of his ability; he lifted his soul in supplication and prayer before the Heavenly Father, crying:

"O my God in you I trust, do not let me be ashamed, don't let my enemies exult over me."

Each of us experiences similar situations and problems. Let us learn that we can always trust God. No matter how difficult the problem facing us, He always upholds those who put their faith in him. He will not allow us to be disgraced and defeated. He is faithful to those who serve him. We may have moments when it seems that our enemies will overwhelm us but God never fails.

"None of those who wait for you will be ashamed." We are reminded that though we may be ridiculed or rejected for the moment, God always justifies his own. Joseph was thrown into the pit and sold into slavery only to be exonerated by God. He became the one who kept all
Israel from starvation. Daniel was thrown into the lion's den, only to come forth unharmed. He became respected counsel to the king. There are may other illustrations in the scriptures.

Adversity is God's opportunity to show himself in all his miraculous power.
God never performed a miracle when there was no need. He never leaves or forsakes those who trust in him. Just as he was faithful to
David, He is always faithful to us. He will bring the victory and honor to those who serve and trust him. Rejoice! The Lord our God is in charge!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, teach me to know your ways. I want to be like
David, and trust you with true confidence. I pray in Jesus' name. Amen