I cannot read this psalm without singing it in my head. When things are at my lowest, this is the psalm I turn to. I have even chosen it for my funeral because I want my children to hear that they, too, should not be afraid. Evil can come at us in unexpected ways and not always from evildoers. A flash flood, a fire, an earthquake, a car accident, a sudden illness or the death of a loved one can be seen as evil. Although all of these bring pain, some can even be seen as “evil” in the sense of becoming homeless, losing all their possessions, and not knowing what the future will bring. Of course, sometimes we can be wronged by someone jealous or hateful. Through all these things, we need to look to God as our light and salvation. If God is the strength of our lives, we can have hope. We can understand that whatever we face during our time on earth, this is not the end. There is someplace better waiting for us. A place of everlasting love and joy! Where there will be no pain or suffering! We can feel secure in knowing that this inheritance will be ours if we keep God first by following his Son, Jesus, and living as his faithful servants. We can have the trust that David had as he wrote this psalm, as well as the confidence in the afterlife that he longed for. ⚜️🙏⚜️
Merciful Lord 🙏⚜️🙏
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