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Faith in Times of Trouble

Devotions

David’s words of praise in Psalm 9 take on even more significance when we realize how long he waited and how much trouble he endured before becoming king of all Israel. Anointed as a teenager by Samuel, David waited for about two decades for God to keep His promise. During these years, he survived King Saul’s murderous jealousy, life as an outlaw on the run, and numerous other hardships.

Despite his experiences, David did not lose faith. Some times and seasons in life are bound to be negative, of course, since “man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). At these times especially, faith is the best response, for God is our only sure “refuge” and “stronghold” (v. 9). The foundation of faith is the fact that we trust in One who never lets us down. He is absolutely faithful and has promised never to leave us or forsake us (v. 10; Deut. 31:6). To “know your name” means to know God’s character and to stand firm in Him.

This doesn’t mean that times of trouble aren’t painful. They can feel like battles, with enemies attacking us on every side. But God fighting for us turns the tide in our favor (vv. 3–6). We feel protected and upheld. Enemies “stumble and perish before you. That “the memory of them has perished” indicates the completeness of His victory. In fact, God didn’t even have to fight in a traditional way. Since He is “enthroned as the righteous judge” and “rules the world in righteousness,” all He has to do to win a victory is to pronounce judgment (vv. 7–8). At His word, the nations are rebuked and the wicked destroyed.

Since God is Lord over all times and seasons, we can certainly trust Him with our own times and seasons!

Apply the Word

Are you in a season of trouble or suffering? Does it feel as though life is full of enemies making war on you? Are you tired of waiting for God’s goodness? Do not fear—He’s already present and working on your behalf, if not on your timetable. Let David’s words in Psalm 9 become yours: “I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High” (v. 2).

BY Brad Baurain

Dr. Brad Baurain has worked as a writer and editor for Today in the Word since 1993. Currently, he serves as associate professor and TESOL program head at Moody Bible Institute. Brad has the unique privilege of holding a degree from four different universities (including Moody). He has also taught in China, Vietnam, the United States, and Canada. Brad and his wife, Julia, have four children and reside in Munster, Indiana.

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