Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 74:20, where we read these words:
"Have respect to the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty."
This is a neat verse; and it really hit me this morning, as I read it. (I'm not sure I ever took note of it before.) The saints are to ask God to keep the covenant of grace ever before Him--as this covenant is sealed in Jesus' blood atonement of His church. One of the reasons for this need is that "the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty."
We do not need to look far, to see the truth of the psalmist's concern. Our culture is proud of its dark haunts of cruelty. And yet, the church is still always secure, because God is infinitely stronger than all His enemies, (no matter how much fuss they make).
[Puritan quote of the day: "A child of God thinks he has enough in that he has God with him . . . " --Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "The Excellency of a Gracious Spirit"]