Despite ISIS, Hamas, and Other Current Events, Do Not Despair!

Happy Lord’s Day!  I find that in a world spinning out of control, it is easy to become discouraged and feel helpless to do anything of real eternal value.  But today I’m doing something of significant eternal value:  I’m pointing us to our Lord Jesus Christ, and I hope you’ll put the cares of the world away as we spend a few moments on this important journey together!

Has the Lord ever brought the exact same Scriptural verse or passage to your attention over and over again in short succession?  I love it when He does that, and I’ve learned that when it happens I need to stop what I’m doing and pay close attention because He has something important to say!  Well, it has happened to me over the past few days, and here is the Scripture passage:

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.
~Psalm 27:13-14

The Psalmist, David, was in despair, probably because he was being hunted down and his life was in danger.  I doubt many of us reading this post are in life-threatening danger.  (If you are, please know I pray for you.)  But, there are Christians all over the world who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  In addition, ISIS (the perpetrators of much suffering right now) continue to rampage across Syria and Iraq.  Hamas, Hezbollah, and other radical Islamic groups continue to be hell-bent on the destruction of Israel.  Iran covertly (and not so covertly) continues developing nuclear weapons while world leaders talk about negotiating with a regime who outwardly wants to wipe nations (primarily Israel and the US) off the map!

Even here in America, a nation built upon Christian values, we are watching:

  • Liberal courts ignore voters’ voices and make same-sex marriage okay.
  • State after state after state fail to take a moral stand.
  • Unborn babies continue to be murdered. (Somewhere in the vicinity of 60 million since the passage of Roe v Wade.)
  • Our politicians put us in so much debt that, short of a miracle, we will never get out of it.
  • Houston’s mayor demand that pastor’s sermons on homosexuality be turned over, violating both freedom of religion and freedom of speech rights.
  • Many, many other immoral, illegal, and unrighteous acts by government leaders and citizens alike.

Indeed, despair is knocking at the door.

But believers, we don’t have to answer the door!  In fact, we have the perfect antidote to that despair!  Ignore the doorbell and curl up with a good book…THE Good Book, God’s Holy Word.  This week, I have been so greatly blessed by the entire chapter of Psalm 27, thus, I leave you with it, praying that you will be encouraged to leave despair behind as you wait (“entwine yourself around”) the Lord!  Be blessed, my friends!

A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God.

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

~Psalm 27

One thought on “Despite ISIS, Hamas, and Other Current Events, Do Not Despair!

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