A Precious Lord for a Pernicious World

handcloudLast night I was with a group at our Lifetree Café, and we focused our discussion on “Bouncing Back.” The theme for the night was based on the life of a man who had turned tragedy into triumph.

In some of the more difficult times of my life, I have found comfort in the words of Psalm 121: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Whenever you fear failure or feel forsaken, review the key points of this Psalm:
• Your help is dependent upon the abundant resources of the Maker of heaven and earth
• Your Guardian God will keep His watchful eye on and won’t fall asleep on the job.
• He’s present and aware of your circumstances and His strength is sufficient.

There will be times when you feel lonely and have a sense of abandonment. Because there is evil and sin in the world, so it’s normal to struggle from time to time; but you don’t have to go it alone. You can be encouraged by the promise of Isaiah 41:9-10: “God has chosen you and not rejected you. Do not fear, for God is with you; do not be afraid, for He is your God. He will strengthen you; He will help you; He will hold on to you with His righteous right hand.”

The right hand of God speaks of His preeminence and power, and Jesus spoke of this in John 10: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”

When the crowd tries to kick you and keep you down and when the mob protests and shouts that you’re a failure, listen for the Shepherd’s voice and follow Him. Remember He keeps you in the palm of His hand, and He is greater than all. He is your precious Lord.

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