49 Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.
50 This is what comforts me in my trouble, for your promise revives me.
O (Observation): The psalmist worries about the dangers surrounding him, but recalls the stories of God’s faithfulness to God’s people.
A (Application): The trials of our lives can get the better of us. Here are some examples of things going on in the lives of people I know:
- Mother enters hospice care
- Father passes away
- Family faces financial difficulty
- Car broke down, needs a ride to work and to drop off daughter to daycare
- Family member shows up unexpectedly, and needs a place to live
- Homeless man and his dog need a ride to Atlanta (from Nashville)
Some of these are more trivial, some, more serious. But when trouble comes our way, we can lose sight of the hope of The Lord who has made a promise to us to be with us.
From a global perspective, these issues I posted above may not seem as bad, but the struggles are real. Perhaps being exposed to more global news and mission work will help me and my congregation understand a little more deeply the needs of others in this world. And maybe, we can realize that God’s promises to us just might help us to worry less about our problems and think a little more about our neighbor.
What mission trips have you been on that have enlightened you? What are your worries this day?
P (Prayer): Lord, make us look to your promises and to see how those who live in poverty might know and experience your promises. Amen.
p.s. Consider supporting ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission. These young adults become great witnesses for those who cannot go and do mission work themselves.