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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 21

A Preserving God – Psalm 16

Where do you seek for help?
A church was meeting in a tent while they were rebuilding after a fire. One Sunday morning all of the younger children were on the platform singing. A thunderstorm came up suddenly. It began raining and the wind suddenly lifted the front part of the tent up and collapsed it between the children and the adults. This was very frightening to a ten-year-old boy, and he tried to crawl back under the tent so he would not get wet. However, instead of being safe, this would have been dangerous. As he started to crawl under the wet canvas, his father came running, grabbed him by his belt, and pulled him back out. Then he picked him up in his arms and took him to a safe place. The boy was too young to understand, but his father knew where he would be safe and out of danger.
People all over the world are suffering from tragedies such as: wars, earthquakes, starvation, and disease. Some of them are receiving help, but many are not. There are millions of people in the world who are in danger of suffering the eternal consequences of sin, and they desperately need someone to “pull them to safety.” It is tragic that they are relying upon other gods to help them. “Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god” (v. 4).
If you face a situation where you cannot help yourself, what do you do? Sometimes a friend can help, but there are many times when no one can help. What do you do? This is the time to cry out to God. David did, “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust” (v. 1). God has promised that He will eternally preserve all who will trust in Him. David also wrote, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9). You can always have complete confidence in Him. You will never regret having the Lord as the source of your eternal preservation.
Are these verses true for you? “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope” (vv. 8, 9).