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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 17

A Friend of Friends – Psalm 12

Going down for the last time?
What did it feel like to be in a situation that was desperate and you thought you were going to die? The situation may have been physical, emotional, or spiritual. How do you describe your gratefulness for someone who came alongside and helped you out of the situation? If you have never had such an experience, imagine what it would be like.
I was a freshman at the University and not much of a swimmer, but I decided to go swimming with my friends. Everyone else was enjoying the water so I gathered my courage and jumped into the water. It was so cold that I could not swim at all. Before I knew what was happening, I was going down for the third time. I thought I was going to die, but a friend grabbed me and pulled me back to the bank, saving my life.
At one time in his life, King David felt like he was “going down for the last time.” He cried out, “Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth” (v. 1). David must have thought that he was going to die. However, he also thought he was “going down for the last time” emotionally and spiritually.
It is possible to become so troubled that it seems there is no hope. You can begin thinking that no one cares, that no one can help, and that it would be better to die. Hopefully, you have never been in this kind of situation, but what if life should become this unbearable? Should you just give up? Never!
Instead of giving up, trust the Lord! “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea” (Psalm 46:1, 2). If you feel like you are “going down for the last time,” allow Jesus, the Friend of Friends, to help you. He will lift you up and put you on safe ground again. Rely on Him instead of on your own strength or abilities.
“Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever” (v. 7).