Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 138:7a, where we read these words:
"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You [God] will revive me . . . "
I like this phrase. What an encouragement for all faithful churchmen who love Jesus, and trust alone in His blood atonement for the for-giveness of their sins. God never promised a trouble-free life for His children. On the contrary, He made it clear that our problems would only be amplified after entering into His kingdom.
But, with these trials comes the promise of "revival"--being encourag-ed and inspired by grace from heaven, which wipes out the fears and schemes of our fallen existences. Christ makes it all worth while.
[Puritan quote of the day: "The fear of God drives out all base fear. Carnal fear is an enemy to religion." --Thomas Watson, in, "The Great Gain of Godliness"]