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The LORD Preserves the Faithful

March 18, 2019


The LORD Preserves the Faithful

Our faith  can get to feeling mighty weak,  when we feel like our prayers  are not being answered  the way we want them  to be answered.     King David felt that way  in his distress and weakness.     He acknowledged  that only the LORD is over all  and able  to answer his prayers.     He felt somewhat ashamed  that others were slandering and gossiping  about him,  because he kept on trusting  in the Lord,  even though it looked  like God would not answer his obvious needs.

Such a situation  caused wicked people  to speak out arrogantly  against him  and mock God.     That hurt David even more,  because he knew  God would judge righteously  in the end — but,  in the mean time,  he was in agony  because his enemies  seemed to be getting  the upper hand,  as he cried for God’s help.     In conclusion,  David declares  that the LORD truly does  hear all the prayers  of His faithful ones.     Then,  he ends by saying in Psalm 31:23-24,

O love the LORD,  all you His godly ones!    
The LORD  preserves  the faithful,    
And fully recompenses the proud doer.    
Be strong,  and let your heart take courage,    
All you who hope  in the LORD.

That can be God’s word  to us  in our distress.     Whatever is happening,  we need  to love the LORD,  because of His great love for us  in Jesus Christ,  and His holiness  in faithfully loving us  through all of our troubles.     When we faithfully  love the LORD,   He will surely  preserve us  in whatever we are facing.

Others might mock and despise us  for our faith,  but that does not matter,  because,  according to all His promises,  God will  righteously and fully  “recompense the proud doer.”     We don’t have to be ashamed  of anything  regarding our faith,  because God  has proven  down through the ages  that He keeps all  of His promises.     The  “proud doer” is  a mere human being,  who will have to face  the judgment seat  of our Creator and Redeemer.     They are the ones  who will be ashamed  eternally  for their arrogant pride.

Because of that truth,  David encourages us  in our troubles,  to,  “Be strong,  and let your heart take courage,  all you who hope  in the LORD.”

We can be strong  as we keep on abiding  in the LORD.     Keep on going  to Him  in prayer  and meditate on all  of His promises  in His word.     We can be sure  “the LORD preserves the faithful” because He is holy,  and so we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  thank You  for showing us  in Your word  that You do keep Your promises.     You have promised  to preserve us  and care  for all our needs.     Let us always give thanks  to You.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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.
Philippians 3:12






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