Today's encouragement comes from 1 Samuel 22:23, where we read these words (of David):
"Stay with me; do not fear. For he who seeks my life seeks your life, but with me you shall be safe."
The Lord Jesus might say these same words to all His sincere churchmen. We live in a dangerous world—surrounded by many perils and fears. But there is no need to be discouraged, nor afraid, so long as we are with the King. He protects His Own.
As we stray from our Redeemer, we increase our uncertainly and confusion. As we abide with Christ, by faith, we enjoy His sweet presence, and we ex-perience many seasons of comfort and joy, (though sometimes with hardship and difficulty).
[Puritan quote of the day: "Godly sorrow shows itself to be ingenuous be-cause when a Christian knows that he is out of the gun-shot of hell and shall never be damned, yet still he grieves for sinning against that free grace which has pardoned him.” —Thomas Watson, in "The Doctrine of Repentance"]