Read Psalm 27: 1-3, 13-14
Be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Despite living a tumultuous life, King David did not waver
when it came to his hope in the righteousness of God. He
described his undaunted faith in Psalm 27: 13, declaring, “I
Psalm 27 took on fresh
significance for me when
on February 7, 2014, I was
diagnosed with a spinal condition called spondylolisthesis. As
an athletically active seventeen-year-old, I found the diagnosis
difficult to cope with. My impatience toward God steadily grew
as month after month of praying passed with no miracle. My
focus was solely on attaining healing from my chronic back
pain, and my relationship with God became shaped by my
But God spoke to me through my situation. With the prodding of the Holy Spirit, I eventually learned to trust God based
on who God is rather than what God gives. While I’ve experienced no healing miracle yet, I have seen God working through
my darkest season to draw me closer. God continues to be
faithful and gracious, and that’s a living hope I can cling to.
Prayer: Merciful God, help us learn to trust you in all the
seasons of our lives, knowing that you want the best for us.
Kevin Cochrane (Pennsylvania)
Prayer Focus: YOUNG ATHLETES
Thought for the Day
Hope is having faith in God
no matter the situation.