Lenten Devotion: Hope in difficult times

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The Psalmist cries out to the Lord and waits with hope and eager expectation for the Lord to answer his plea. The psalmist knows himself well enough to know that he cannot stand before God based on his own merits. He knows that with God tallying up sins, no one has reason for hope. But he also trusts that, finally, God is merciful. It is God’s mercy that separates him from all other supposed gods.

As the psalmist cries out to God for relief, he awaits his answer in faith, trusting in the character of the Lord as one of loving kindness and mercy.

Does the psalmist take God’s mercy for granted, or are his expectations rooted in God’s faithfulness? How do you know?

What are some ways we live as if we think we can stand before God based on our own merits?

Mark this Psalm in your Bible. It is a resource for those days when the heaviness of life weighs down upon us. Maybe this is one of those days for you or perhaps you will meet someone who needs to hear these words: For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.