We rest secure in His sure Word; and though we’re tempted to despair .We know we’re kept within His care.

Judean wilderness. Its name is Wadi Kelt, pero kilala din ito bilang valley of the shadow, dahil ito yung lugar na inspirasyon ng Psalm 23 ni David. The place itself offers little reason to compose such a hopeful poem. The landscape is bleak, barren, and perilously steep. Maganda itong lugar pasa sa mga magnanakaw but not for anyone else. When David wrote, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” (Psalm 23:4), he was in a place where evil was an ever-present reality. Yet he refused to give in to fear. He wasn’t expressing hope that God would abolish evil so that he could pass through safely; nais niya lang sabihin na ang presensya ng Diyos ang nagbibigay sa kanya ng lakas ng loob dumaan man siya sa mga mahihirap na sitwasyon, hindi siya nanatakot na “baka” iwan siya ng Panginoon (Psalm 71:5). Many claim to have hope, but only those whose hope is Christ can claim it with certainty. Hope comes not from strength, intelligence, or favorable circumstances, but from the Lord.

As Maker of heaven and earth, He alone has the right to promise hope and the power to keep the promise.

Mike Medlin

April 6th, 2014

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