April 13, 2020 | 11:20 am

Words of Hope from Elder Carl Coloney

In Psalm 63 the author David begins with “ O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water”. In today’s world, he might have said “I seek you in a dry and weary land where there is a terrible virus attacking, there are closed schools, churches and businesses. We are confined at home and our plans have been ruined. Our lives and economy are in danger and jobs have been lost and people are dying. In many lives, we have lost our way.”

But as the Psalm continues: “ I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name, I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods, with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you, your right hand upholds me”

Can we focus on the following thoughts? Where has God been in my life? How has He been my loving Father, caring Savior, and comforting Holy Spirit? Have I seen Him work in marvelous ways during the awesome times and the difficult times? God would ask us “ You trust me when things are going well, can’t you trust me when they aren’t? Remember, I have loved you with an everlasting love” Jeremiah 31:3. As David said, “ My soul clings to you, your right hand upholds me”. May that be said of each of us that we continue to trust in our Lord and His faithfulness.