The Goodness Of The Lord… In The Land Of The Living

When we face adversity or experience a setback, we can get a very negative, pessimistic outlook on life. We can question when things are going to turn around? We can question if God still loves us or hears us? Satan may even tempt us to question the promises of God. I can tell you that I’ve been there and very possibly, you have been there as well.
When you are in that position, you can begin to wonder if things are every going to turn around. Yet, you cling to hope that things will get better.
In Psalms 27, the Psalmist is going through a period where he is anxious… he is questioning if things will get better.. But, in the last two verses of the Psalm, the Psalmist seems to find hope.
Psalms 27:13 says, “I would have despaired unless I believed that I would see the hand of the Lord in the land of the living.”
I don’t know what David had been experiencing.. but whatever it was had really gotten him… he expresses doubt and fear… but then, even though he has just experienced doubt he says, “I would have despaired unless I believed that I would see the hand of the Lord in the land of the living.”
David had a glimmer of hope. He was down…. depressed… perhaps questioning God… but then, it seems God slips through a crack of sunshine in David’s mind and reminds David that even though things are tough right now… God reminds David that He is still on the throne and David’s life will change.
Maybe you are in David’s position… you are questioning if things will EVER get better. You are questioning if things will ever turn around.
I can’t tell you when things will turn around… nor can anyone else… but I can tell you God exists… God loves you… and we can trust God.
But, you may ask, “How can I trust God when my life has turned so sour?”
Ok, you tell me… what’s the alternative If you don’t trust God, what are you going to do? Who else is out there that you think is more reliable than God?
There isn’t anyone.
Money won’t do it. Money runs out.
Alcohol won’t do it… Oh, when the liquor is in your system it does make you forget your problems briefly, but when the liquor gets out of your bloodstream, the problems come back.
You may not understand what’s going on. But, we can trust God.
The Psalmist said; “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
We can believe as well.

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