October 9, 2018

Psalm 94:12–15 (NLT) — 12 Joyful are those you discipline, Lord, those you teach with your instructions. 13 You give them relief from troubled times until a pit is dug to capture the wicked. 14 The Lord will not reject his people; he will not abandon his special possession. 15 Judgment will again be founded on justice, and those with virtuous hearts will pursue it.

I didn’t like school that much when I was growing up. I didn’t like to study. I didn’t like getting up in front of the class and giving a book report. I didn’t like being called on in class to give an answer to a question that the teacher asked. I didn’t like term papers and I didn’t like math and English. I didn’t like being a preacher’s kid which in my home meant that I could not go to the school dances or movies. This of course made me an easy target to be picked on, made fun of and be accused of having Holy, Holy, Holy as my favorite song.

I would look out of the classroom window on a fall day and see the colored leaves fluttering to the ground and some pumpkins in people’s yards and it would remind me that Thanksgiving was about to happen and we would get a two day vacation, Yea! Then in December with the snow covering the ground, and Christmas music in the air I was reminded that we would getting two weeks vacation from school, Yea!

Come the month of May with the warmer weather, flowers blooming, grass growing and the sound of a baseball hitting the catcher mitt, I was reminded of the fact that real soon I would have a whole three months off from school, Yea!

Like school this life can get pretty rough at times to the point where we don’t like it. It is in those rough times that are greatest need isn’t more information but only to be reminded. That is what the above verses in Psalms are doing. Because we forget they are reminding us that better days are ahead. There is coming a day when all of our problems are going to be solved. All of our pain is going to disappear. All our questions are going to be answered. All of our enemies will be defeated. Justice will be served. Yea!

Psalm 94:19 (NLT) — 19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

God’s Word is our ultimate comfort food. It is a great reminder of what is ahead for the follower of Jesus.

Be Inspired Hilltop!