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forsake me not

By Jade Martin
September 29, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.

Isaiah 57:15-59:21
Philippians 1:1-26
Psalm 71:1-24
Proverbs 24:9-10

The heading for Psalm 71 reads, “Forsake Me Not When My Strength is Spent.” Anybody else feel like these words are timely? I know I do. It feels like emotional and spiritual enemies are attacking me from every side. And my strength, most definitely, is spent.

I imagine I feel much the same as the psalmist did when he prayed, “For my enemies speak concerning me; those who watch for my life consult together and say, ‘God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.’” (v 10-11)

But as we read further in to this psalm, we see that despair is not the only thing the psalmist is presenting to God.

Again he prays, “My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge.” (v 14-15)

“You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.” (Psalm v 20-21)

“My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long.

This psalm reminds me that it is possible to praise God and shout for joy, even in the midst of troubles and calamities and that the reason this is possible is because God is a, “rock and a refuge to which I may continually come.” (Psalm 71:3)

To Memorize:

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.

— Psalm 71:20-21

Prayer to start with: God,  Thank You for being my refuge. Thank You for Your constant, never failing love. Help me to remember to praise You, even in the midst of troubles and calamities. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Thank you for being near, even when my strength is spent. Amen.