Today’s reading is Psalms 52-56.

So which is it? The righteous shall not be moved and flesh can’t do anything to us? Or do we get afraid and men injure us all day long? These seeming contrasts in today’s psalms remind us we must take every statement in context. God never promises easy, pain-free, recreation filled lives. He does not promise to pave the way through life going before us to make sure every step is easy, that all pot-holes are filled, all bumps are smoothed out. We do have enemies who attack. We do suffer pain and are led to tears at times. But we are aware our existence is not about this life but is leading us somewhere beyond all this. And we know God is walking with us, using the bumps and potholes to grow us to be prepared for eternity with Him. If we hang on to Him down this bumpy road, the road will not move us away from Him. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalms 57-60.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, drink deep from this well of the psalms as you go through it, probably for the first time. The Psalms show us snapshots of real life, the highs and the lows. I imagine it is hard for you right now to grasp the deep truths the Psalms provide, but keep reading. As you read and reread they will become more meaningful and helpful. I hope you are at least picking up that life, even a godly, Christian life, is not as simple as some people make it seem. Some people find all the promises of good and when anything bad happens they accuse God of altering the deal, of being unjust, or worse, of not even existing. That just isn’t true. Life is complex, with joyous peaks and troublesome valleys. We do walk through the valley of the shadow of death, with enemies that attack, with pain that produces tears. That doesn’t mean God is absent; it means we have real reasons we need to turn to God. Always do that.

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