17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord rescues them from them all.
20 He keeps all their bones;
not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil brings death to the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
What Does the Passage Say?
V. 17-18 The Lord reaches out to people, who calls out for help
V. 19-20 Especially for the righteous who goes under affliction for the Lord, God is there
V. 21-22 Evil is a condemner, and God is a redeemer.
What Does the passage Mean to Me/US?
Pray that your Thanksgiving is filled with thankfulness to our Lord.
God is the source of our life and the reason for us to continue to live in this world. Without God, our life is meaningless.
So I pray that this day is focused on our Lord and what God had done in our lives.
One thing to note about today’s passage.
“Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned” (v. 21 NRSV).
It is not God who condemns; evil itself condemns us.
God is the God of the righteous, and we are thankful that we can call that God our Lord.
Lord, we thank you for this day. We thank you that you call us to live in your righteousness. Thank you for being with us. In Christ Name, we pray, AMEN.
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