Today’s reading is Psalm 31.
Whether this psalm and the last are placed next to each other for this purpose or not, there is a striking contrast between the two. In Psalm 30:6, David wrote, “I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall never be moved.'” in Psalm 31:22, he writes, “I had said in my alarm, ‘I am cut off from your sight.'” In the previous psalm, because of David’s confidence, pride, and swagger, the Lord hid His face and David was dismayed (though, admittedly, the ultimate outcome of that psalm is David’s deliverance). In this psalm, because of David’s humility, penitence, and prayer, the Lord delivers. This contrast shows what happens in our life. We ride the pendulum. One day, we ride high in confidence. The next, we scrape the bottom in terror. One day, our pride is getting the better of us. The next, our humility draws us closer to God. As all this is going on, this contrast draws out something we learned in Psalm 30 as well. We all want the good times, the mountaintop experiences, but often it is the valleys that teach and grow us the most. It’s hard to thank God for His testing and refining fires, but this gives us reason to count it all joy when we meet various trials. After all, the trials produce steadfastness, steadfastness grows us to maturity, maturity strengthens love, and those who love God receive the crown of life (see James 1:2-4, 12).
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 31.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, have you ever been afraid? I know I have. Then we look around at all those other people at church and think, “I’m the only one. I can never let them know I’m scared.” Please notice what David says in Psalm 31:22, “I said in my alarm.” Some translations say, “I said in my panic.” You are not alone. None other than David, the guy who walked on the battlefield and took on the giant Goliath, got scared sometimes. You don’t have to hide that you get scared. However, make sure you deal with your fright the same way David did. Turn to God. Seek His face. Even if you believe He has turned His face away, seek it. Plead for it. Pray. God responds when His children, even His frightened children, pray.