Psalm 31:9-16 (ESV)
9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.
11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.
14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
At this moment and time, it is very hard to be a Christian in this world. The world has beaten us down. We have made enemies of those who took the easy way in life. We represent something different that is against the ways of the world. We are alienated by those that seek for us to wither away. We are attacked by the devil and his legion of demons through the influencing of our minds and the tempting of our flesh.
At the end of the day, we have a source of strength and hope in Christ. He is our refuge through the pain. He helps through the day to day. He gives us a reason to hope that the next day will be better. He is the source of all life and invigorates us. We no longer have to hide, but stand in His light without fear.
As we are in the middle of Holy week, praise God with all your heart. Put aside the shame, the fear, the worry, and the pain of this life. Give it all up to the Lamb who was slain. Be thankful for all that he has done for you in your life and especially through this season of Lent. Be thankful for how he has taught you and disciplined you. Remember the cross sets you apart from the world because of the hope it brings.
God just thank you for getting us through the hard days. Thank you, God, for redeeming us. You are my God and I can’t ask for anything else. Thank you, God, you are worthy of praise. Amen