5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.  -Psalm 13:5-6 (NIV)

When those who you considered brothers and sisters-in-Christ have deserted you, where do you turn? When those who you considered to be trustworthy and full of grace turn your back on you without a word of admonition or even a “thanks for the memories,” what do you do?

The psalmist – who seems to have walked the very same path that you are walking if you read the first four verses of this psalm – knows where to turn to and what to do! He says the same thing that the writer of Hebrews tells us some 1000 years later: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God.” -Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)

He tells us the same thing that the Apostle Peter articulated in 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV) – “Therefore, humble yourself under God’s mighty hand and He will lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.”

No matter what persecution and affliction I might have to endure; no matter how much I hurt inside for those who I have loved and contended for and prayed for who have found cause to leave me, I will trust in the Lord and His unfailing love for me. Wasn’t that the words of Moses to the Israelite people as they prepared to enter the Promised Land? “The LORD Himself will go before you and always be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” -Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

I will trust in the Lord, and in His unfailing love. I will rejoice in the salvation that He has bestowed on me: a sinner deserving of death and yet, by the grace of God, born again to newness of life.

Lord, I pray that those who have caused me and my family heartbreak and sorrow will be moved by your love to unity and peace in you! Amen!