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"Oh how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!" Psalm 31:19

Reflect

In Psalm 31, we find David near despair. He cries out to God, "Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief, my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away" (Psalm 31:9-10). Can you relate? Maybe you've felt this way at some point in your life. It is said that this Psalm may have been written as David was being persecuted by Saul. David was faced with many fears, including the fear of losing his life, as he was pursued by Saul. Trials tempted him from every corner to reject God, but instead he resolved, "But I trust you, O LORD; I say 'You are my God.' My times are in your hands."

You see, David knew that God is abundantly good, even in the hard times. He also trusted His sovereignty. God's goodness is stored up for us who fear Him and make Him our refuge. Furthermore, He works out of His goodness on our behalf. He does so by turning every painful circumstance we face for our good and His glory.

We can trust this God. He is abundantly good to us.

Pray

Lord, we thank You that You are sovereign over our lives. We praise You that You are good and completely worthy of our full trust in You. Help us, Lord, to see these truths in the good and bad times. May we find comfort in Your goodness and that You hold our times in Your hands. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

Your Turn

Write out Psalm 31, and note every characteristic you find about God. Praise Him for these things.