Daily Devotional: Psalms 89:1-8
1 I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. 2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself. 3 You said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant, 4 'I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.'" Selah 5 The heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. 6 For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings? 7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him. 8 O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
We are told that some of the prophets of old were persecuted and suffered all kinds of abuse, sickness, hunger and pain but they trusted God to take care of them. They are held up as examples for us to follow in our faith today. But they were people just like us. They got depressed and begged to die. Some ran and hid from those who mistreated them and some even tried to hide from God. Some wanted to quit and just go home. Their lives were not easy or comfortable.
Today we face problems. That is life for all of us. Serving God does not take away our trials or fix our problems. In fact, at times it even adds to them. What serving God does do for us is (and did for the prophets and others of faith), it gives us hope. Because we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and we serve him as Lord, we have hope of a life that is free from all the trials we face now.