Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 138:7a, where we read these words:
"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me . . . "
We ought to be encouraged by this little Holy Spirit-inspired phrase. The knowledge and certainty of God's personal "revival" (in this world) is enough to carry us through the difficult times we have to traverse down here. Faith says, "I know deliverance is coming, and I will be very happy then. Because of this, I will praise You, God, *now*, even before it arrives."
Are we children of God? If so, we are guaranteed these two things: trouble, and revival. Without trouble, we would never adequately ap-preciate revival.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Joseph dreamed of the preferment and honor he would have above his brethren, but dreamed not of being sold into Egypt, nor of his imprisonment there." --Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "The Excellency of a Gracious Spirit"]