TEXTS AND APPLICATION: If you have been a long-time believer, when was the last time you took time just to think about God’s faithfulness to you? Today’s scripture reading covers David’s last days, including Adonijah’s revolt, Solomon’s coronation, and David’s death. The psalms generally show the psalmist’s reflections on life — particularly, learning to trust God when the wicked seem to prosper.
1. God leads us throughout all of life.
Psalm 37:23-25 A man’s steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord holds his hand. I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread.
Psalm 71:5-6 For You are my hope, Lord God, my confidence from my youth. I have leaned on You from birth; You took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is always about You.
2. Wherever we are in life — especially in times of difficulty — the Lord is our refuge.
Psalm 37:39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord, their refuge in a time of distress.
Psalm 71:3 Be a rock of refuge for me, where I can always go. Give the command to save me, for You are my rock and fortress.
Psalm 94:18–19 If I say, “My foot is slipping,” Your faithful love will support me, Lord. When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy.
PRAYER: Reflect on the Lord’s provision today. Pray that we will trust His leadership today — even when it seems like the enemy is winning — and that we will faithfully speak of God’s goodness to the next generations.
TOMORROW’S READING: Psalm 119:1-88