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Daily Devotional

Finish with Faith

November 25, 2019 - 12:00 am

This Devotional's Hebrew Word


(barbeque)

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Saviour and my God.
— Psalm 42:11

During this season when we give thanks for God’s many blessings and His faithfulness, enjoy this collection of devotions on what it means for us to be people of faith. As an expression of your faith and thankfulness, find out how you can help elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union who are alone and in need of lifesaving assistance this holiday season.

With Psalm 42, we begin Book II of Psalms. It opens with a series of psalms written by the “Children of Korah.” Who were these men?

According to Jewish tradition, when Korah rebelled against Moses in the desert, the land opened up and swallowed him along with his sons. Down in the ground, the sons of Korah did not immediately perish. They stood in a hopeless situation buried deep in the earth. And yet, from there hope sprung forth. They repented, turned to God, and were miraculously saved. During their time underground they composed these psalms.

The Jewish sages explain that Psalm 42 also relates to the future destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, as the psalmist referenced the House of God that once was. Either way, the underlying theme of this psalm is the ebb and flow of hope in the most desperate situations. It’s a dance and rhythm that we all probably have experienced.

Can you relate? Have you ever been in an extremely trying situation where hope is all but gone? You resolve to have faith, maybe even proclaim it out loud. Then, a few hours later when you are tired and weary, your soul is downcast – worrying, fearful of what the future might bring. We witness this dance in Psalm 42. Throughout the psalm, the psalmist affirmed his faith, yet his soul became downcast once more. But the part that really matters is how the dance ends. Psalm 42 ends with an affirmation: “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

Though our faith may falter at times, we must finish with faith.

I am reminded of the time in 2 Chronicles 20 when the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, was confronted by several attacking armies. The battle seemed hopeless. The enemy had already penetrated Israel and conquest seemed imminent. I’m sure the people wavered between worry and faith, but listen to what Jehoshaphat did. He gathered the people and together they prayed, “Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (v.12). He acknowledged the hopelessness of the situation but expressed his hope in God.

Friends, no matter what you may be facing today, be it a difficult conversation with a family member, a serious medical issue, or a gloomy financial outlook, we can pray like the king of Judah did. Let’s say, “God, we have no power to do it on our own. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” Even when our faith falters, let us return to this prayer and finish with faith.

Find out how you can help elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union who are alone and in need of lifesaving assistance this holiday season.

     

6 Responses to Finish with Faith

  1. Elleni says:

    Thank you for this devotion. Thank you Holy Spirit for your comfort, Indeed I have to trust you in the middle of hopeless situations because you are faithful God. Thank you.

  2. Douglas Irvine says:

    We have no power to do it on our own- in God we trust.

  3. CHRIS MK NIELSEN says:

    I FEEL VERY HOPELESS RIGHT NOW AS MY BELOVED WIFE CAROL IS IN HOSPITAL FOR THE THIRD TIME ON OXYGEN BECAUSE OF HER HEAVY SMOKING HOWEVER I HAVE GREAT HOPE IN GOD THAT SOMEHOW SHE CAN QUIT!!!!!WITH ALL THE MIRACLES IN MY LIFE FROM ALMIGHTY GOD I PRAY SHEHE GOD CAN FIND A SOLUTION WHICH CAN GIVE WONDERFUL CAROL SOME GOOD YEARS AND MUCH LIFE YET!!!!!THANK YOU SO MUCH LORD FOR BEING SO HELPFUL ALL OUR LIVES!!!!!

    • Anita Delanty says:

      Please know that we will keep your wife Carol in our prayers and we hope to hear a praise report soon.

    • Patricia says:

      Praying for you, Chris, and for a miracle for your wife, Carol !! The daily devotionals are very encouraging with scriptures to back up what is said !!

  4. CHRIS MK NIELSEN says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH PATRICIA FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR MY WONDERFUL WIFE CAROL!!!!!MANY BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR PEOPLE!!!!!MUCH THANKS WONDERFUL AND ALMIGHTY GOD!!!!!

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