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FROM ANXIETY TO JOY

A Meditation on Psalm 13:

There are times when we feel that God has forgotten us. Troubles come and overwhelm us. In such times cry out to God. Trust in His mercy. Rejoice in His salvation, both past and future. Praise God for the blessings He has given you. Notice the progression from being consumed by the cares of the world to being filled with praise for God. The former brings anxiety. The latter brings joy. This psalm reveals a cure for anxiety.

FAITH AND JUSTICE

A Meditation on Psalm 12:

Here David laments the absence of righteous men and the rise of double-tongued men who speak kindly but secretly oppress the poor and needy and rebel against the Lord. David expresses confidence that God will protect the poor and needy. He speaks of the purity of God's words, in contrast to the deceitful words of the wicked. God will keep His word. He will preserve the poor and needy. In the closing verse David states that wicked men increase their activity whenever evil is promoted.

Do not put your trust in people. They will often let you down.

Do not take advantage of the poor. God is their Protector.

Trust God for deliverance from oppression.

Trust God to be true to His word. He will not let you down.

Trust that God's word is pure and good, no matter how anyone may feel about it.

Never promote wickedness of any kind. Even sins that seem harmless will create conditions that allow people with evil intentions to take advantage.

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD

Meditations from Psalm 10 and 11:

Although at times it seems as if God is nowhere to be found while the wicked oppress the righteous and the helpless, He knows all and will judge the wicked in due time.

God knowingly allows adversity to come upon all. It is a test for the righteous and punishment for the wicked.

Praise God, for He is omniscient. He knows all.

Praise God, for He is just. He will not allow sin to go unpunished.

Praise God, for He is omnipotent. He will defeat the forces of evil.