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November 12 – Gladness In Our Souls

“Gladden the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You.”  Psalm 86:4,5

Devotional Thought For The Day

This is how people who know the great goodness and love of God pray.  They are honest about their needs and deficiencies; they are affirming of God’s gracious mercy, forgiveness, kindness, and steadfast love.  They call upon God, the only True and Living God, placing all of their concerns into His powerful and loving hands. They know and assert His promises to those who believe in Him, who call upon God in all times of need.

There are many things that discourage our souls – and they need God’s healing and comfort.  We are discouraged with our own sin, frustrated with trying to root it out and control it, disconsolate at our failures.  Only God’s gracious mercy, forgiveness, and love – His full and complete pardon and salvation in Christ Jesus can “gladden” our souls.  His Word promises and assures us of this grace and mercy over and over again – blessed are those who receive it from the Lord!

We are also discouraged about the things that go wrong in life – the crime, violence, foolishness, and wretched immorality in the world.  We are often discouraged by the hard times that we and our loved ones have to endure – the lack of jobs, illnesses, accidents, divorce, and other meanness in the world.  Though we shouldn’t worry or have anxiety about our needs, we are often discouraged by the economy, by the state of our personal finances, rising costs and expenses.  It seems difficult to ever really get ahead.  God’s Word promises us our “daily bread,” and that He is working all things together for our good and blessedness.  Our souls need His promises to gladden us with His peace.

All of these blessings are promised to those “calling upon” the Lord – that He is “good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You.”  So let us remember to do so each day, and many times each day, whenever we are tempted to become downcast, pessimistic, disgruntled, and depressed.  We do so not only for ourselves, but also for the many others around us who struggle with the same kind of darkness of spirit.  We do not want to add to their struggles but rather to help lift them up.  We can share our joy and quiet confidence with them and also remind them where all true joy is to be found – in God’s forgiveness, goodness, and steadfast love.  The psalmist was like that – sharing the secrets of faith, peace, and joy in life with us.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, Your awareness and understanding of the dread darkness of sin and how it miserably twists human being is far greater than ours.  You know all things, and mercifully we’re unable to know the full depths of our sin. Yet You paid for and redeemed us from all sin and guilt, and promised great mercy and blessedness to all who call upon You in faith.  Strengthen us in the knowledge of Your steadfast love, and remind us each day to rely upon You.  Grant us all the peace and joy of Your goodness toward us, and the blessings of Your salvation. Gladden our souls each day.  Amen.