Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Revived in the Midst of Trouble

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
(Psalm 138:7)
Whenever you find yourself in the midst of trouble, or in a tight place, as the Hebrew literally means, do not panic. God will revive you. He will repair and restore whatever has been taken from you and you will be all right. His revival will cancel out the trouble. This does not necessarily mean that you won’t go through the trouble, but it does mean that you will come out okay on the other side. God will stretch out His hand against your adversaries and save you. It will be His judgment on your enemies, but His favor on you.
The LORD will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
(Psalm 138:8)
God has had a plan for you from the beginning, even before you were born. It is a plan to work good things in you, for you and through you. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

He will perfect that plan, which means that He will bring it through to completion, to fulfillment, to maturity, to fruition. “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Out of His great desire to show His lovingkindness and tender mercy, God has conceived a wonderful plan for you. Trust Him and believe His love — it endures forever. He will never turn you away but will see you all the way through to a prosperous, joyful life, now and forever. He will revive you in the midst of trouble.