From My Mother’s Womb
From My Mother’s Womb
Everyone has a different life with different challenges, different trials, different influences……. And yet, there is a certainty. We will all face challenges, trials, and influences. They are necessary in building a true faith.
Faith is not faith unless it is proven.
For many, the road of life is lonely, discouraging, seemingly hopeless, and pointless. They lose sight of their youthful inclinations to be God-pleasing. As they see the “world” seeming to have success, riches, “good times”, and satisfactions in life, they don’t want to miss out on the “good life”, and begin to live like the “world” they used to disapprove of.
Moral ideals go down the tube. The definition of “love” becomes a self-centered desire to fulfill one’s self. One gets the feeling that God just does not care and if He did, He would “surely” do something about these needs.
There was an old man who wrote Psalm 71 to describe his reflections on all that had happened to him in life. No matter how old or young we are, we should all apply the truths of his Psalm to our lives. This old man had had a rough life, facing all sorts of troubles, but, in looking back on all his experiences, he could see that God helped him to be true, when he let God lead him.
Here are a few excerpts from Psalm 71 to consider.
In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed. verse 1
In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
Incline Your ear to me and save me. verse 2
For You are my hope;
O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth. verse 5
By You I have been sustained from my birth;
You are He who took me from my mother’s womb;
My praise is continually of You. verse 6
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And of Your salvation all day long;
For I do not know the sum of them. verse 15
O God, You have taught me from my youth,
And I still declare Your wondrous deeds. verse 17
And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to all who are to come. verse 18
For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens,
You who have done great things;
O God, who is like You? verse 19
You who have shown me many troubles and distresses
Will revive me again,
And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth. verse 20
This old man realized something we all need to hold onto. We will surely have troubles that we absolutely cannot overcome all by ourselves. But, if we lean on our LORD, He will bring us out of all of them in the end.
As we look back on our lives, and think about it, we can also see how God has done “wondrous deeds” for us. God’s righteousness does bring us through our troubles (as verse 19 says), and there is no one else like the Lord God Almighty.
No matter what sort of trial God lets us have, as we stay true to Him, He will revive us again -— just as He did for the psalmist.
Let us also lean on our Creator as He leads us through trials. Then, in the end, we will surely say with the psalmist, ”Hallelujah! God carried me through it all!”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.