Saturday, February 8, 2014
Read: Psalm 71:1-6, 19-24
“Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.” (Psalms 71:20 KJV)
Sometimes it takes a special event to really understand a Bible passage. It happened to a sister one Saturday morning in a local hospital. She had been asked to come because a close friend was dying. The moment she walked into his room, she knew that she was standing on holy ground.
While standing around his bed, the sick brother’s wife asked for someone to read Psalm 71. A sister-in-law began reading, and he heard the words, “Thou, which hast showed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.” Those words spoke to him in a way he never heard before.
During his short illness there were “troubles, many and bitter.” There had been many treatments and countless prayers for healing. But the time had come to let him go. It was one of the most difficult moments for the family.
But in that final moment, through the words of Psalm 71, we were reminded that even in the face of death there is the sure promise of new life. “Though you have made me see troubles … you will restore my life again.” Life is filled with troubles, and death is indeed our last enemy, but through Jesus there is the hope of eternal life for the child of God.
What amazing grace—when even in the face of death we can speak of new life because Christ has conquered death!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the assurance that you have conquered death and will restore our lives even though we face death. We pray in your name. Amen.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 45. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul)