My Help and Shield: Sunday Devotion #24

Psalm 138:7-8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.

At times, I’ve not listened to God’s nays. Yet, in the midst of the inevitable sorrow I suffered, I always knew that, in spite of my disobedience, my Father in Heaven was watching over me, keeping me until a change was imminent. I didn’t deserve His unfailing love, and I am sure He was frustrated at times, still He preserved my life and protected me from my foes, especially my greatest enemies: low self-esteem and fear.

As 2020 comes to an end, I have taken great comfort in knowing that God is my help and my shield. So, I wear masks and keep my distance from others, as directed by doctors and scientists. I see them as part of God’s help, for He gives us the ability to see what is happening and the wisdom to know when to listen to the experts. I believe that God will vindicate my faith.

There is peace in knowing that troubles always end, for God will not abandon the works of His hands, the people He created and loves. As I mourn the loss of a beloved cousin to the coronavirus, I still have faith that we will get to the end of this trouble, and that we will look back at this year and know that God’s right hand was there all the while, saving us and keeping us.

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