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 . . . "
What a lovely phrase. This is a sweet encouragement for all faithful church-men who love Jesus, and who trust in His blood atonement alone 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 Christ's kingdom.
But, with these trials comes the promise of “revival”—being heartened and in-spired by grace from heaven—all of 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 Godli-ness"]