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“Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Thy name: the upright shall dwell in Thy presence.” ~ Psalm 140:13

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This is the final verse of Psalm 140, which David wrote while Saul pursued him for 10-15 years trying to kill him. In most of the psalm, David calls out to God to rescue him and to punish his enemies. But in closing, David asserts a great truth: The righteous will win in the end.

Many of us might feel we have been pursued over the years: Pursued by a bad economy, pursued by poor health, pursued by mistakes from our past. We have asked God to help us, and he has… but we, like David, are still in the wilderness… running… hiding… trying to stay one step ahead… trying to stay afloat… trying to avoid defeat.

It’s been a long time, a long hard slog, and we feel discouraged. We know God has helped us. We know He has seen us through so far… but will it ever end? Will we be hiding in the wilderness forever?? Will our finances ever get straightened out? Will our health, or the health of a loved one, ever get better?? We know God has helped us… but when, when will it end?

In our text we have a vital message of encouragement:

  • “…the righteous shall give thanks unto Thy [God’s] name: the upright shall dwell in Thy [God’s] presence”

Notice the verbs: “shall give”, “shall dwell”, they are in the future tense. David is looking to the future!

David didn’t feel he could give thanks right then (though he certainly could have). And, in that moment, he didn’t feel he was dwelling in God’s presence (though he certainly was).

Similarly, when we feel overwhelmed by our situations we often feel far from God and it is hard to be thankful. But even in the midst of his likely frustration, David knew that God would lift him up in the end. In the end, the righteous would stand victorious: the righteous would win.

When Jesus was on the cross, it seemed to most that His budding ministry had come to a tragic end: that His pursuers had finally caught Him and in killing Him they had won. But they were wrong.

Though Jesus did die, it was not defeat but victory, because it is through His death that millions we gained salvation. Moreover, Jesus was resurrected from the dead and restored to His glorious throne in Heaven.

Let us give thanks, friends, though the issues of life press down upon us. Let us take courage: God will see us through. Perhaps it has been a long time… but the victory is coming… Hold on, don’t give up. We can still Give Thanks now and when it’s over we will GIVE THANKS again!!!

“Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.” ~ Psalm 140:13

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