May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!
May He send you help from the sanctuary
And support you from Zion!
May He remember all your meal offerings
And find your burnt offering acceptable! Selah.
May He grant you your heart’s desire
And fulfill all your counsel!
We will sing for joy over your victory,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
When you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you can be certain of one thing in times of trouble, suffering, hardship, difficulty, pain, or tragedy: The Lord is with you! Time and again in His Word, He assures you of His presence:
· "The LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him" (2 Chron. 15:2)
· "Stand and see the salvation of the on your behalf... Do not fear or be dismayed" (2 Chron. 20:17)
· "Do not be afraid of him," declares the Lord, ‘for I am with you to save you and deliver you from his hand" (Jer. 42:11)
· "...All you people of the land take courage," declares the Lord, "and work; for I am with you," declares the Lord of hosts (Hag. 2:4)
Jesus said the same thing to His disciples: "I am with you always" (Matt. 28:20).
The apostle Paul considered this truth and asked, "If God is for us, who is against us?" (Rom. 8:31). Don't answer his question too quickly. The truth is, many people can rise up against us. They can cheat us, harass us, persecute us, insult us, mock us, and even physically injure us. But here's the point: In the end, they cannot win.
That is why Jesus said, "You will be betrayed...and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish" (Luke 21:16-18). If you belong to God, He gives you the eternal victory. Period. No one can take away what He has so freely provided for you.
When rough times come, immerse yourself in God's Word. Read His promises to you, His beloved child. Read about His power, His strength, His wisdom, and His love. Read how He has helped countless men and women through the ages as they trusted in Him. Read about His saving, delivering, and restoring power.
The more you read and study God's Word, the stronger your faith will grow.
The more you trust God, the more you will grow in your understanding that He is trustworthy in all things, at all times.
The more you take courage in the Lord's presence with you, the more secure you will feel -- even in the most troubling of times and the most trying of circumstances. The Lord alone is your security, every moment of your life.
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