Pastor’s Letter – April 23, 2020 – Trouble and Anguish

Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

Psalm 119:142

Dear Church and Friends,

The Psalmist says, “Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me,” and we all say, Amen. We are feeling overwhelmed with the anguish of the moment. It is uncertain but for every uncertain time there is always the promise of certainty.

God’s righteousness is everlasting. It doesn’t change even when we have trouble. His law is the truth, no matter what other competing “truth” comes along. But I think the one that is most relevant for this day, is the last statement in verse 143.

God’s commandments are delightful. The psalmist says they are his delight. It’s hard to find delight in troubling times when affliction grows. Here we have the Psalmist (a man who is struggling with trouble) standing at the head of the way pointing to the commandments.

For us to find relief lets follow his direction and delight ourselves in the commandments, the law, the righteousness of our God. Consider meditating on verse 143 today.

Podcast: Daily Dose Radio for April 23rd; Psalm 119:142-143.

Prayer Request: Please pray for our missionary Jonathan Santiago.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

Question 89: What is the ninth commandment?

Answer: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Question 90: What does this commandment require?

Answer: The using of truth in our dealing one with another especially to the preservation of the good name of our neighbors.

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

All my best.

Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

Psalm 119:143

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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