2018 Easter Devotional — March 27

Psalm 71:1-14 (click to view Scripture below)

The heart of a child so easily trusts. What better time of life to learn to trust God than in childhood? The psalmist declares to the Lord that “upon you I have leaned from before my birth.” Now he is older, and appeals to God that He not abandon him in his old age. All his life, he has put his hope in God and insists that his hope will remain constant, all the while praising God more and more. He has learned that hope placed in the reputation of Jehovah God will not disappoint, and he is not about to change his loyalties now.

There is no questioning that learning to trust God at an early age is a great advantage. So many mistakes are avoided. Obstacles transform into opportunities to prove His faithfulness and stepping stones to a sturdier faith. The accumulation of years spent with our hand in His, even when they began later in life, show the amazing fruit of a long obedience.

Our heartbeat is to lead ChildHope kids to a transformative faith that opens them up to a lifetime of building trust in the Father, and our partnership with you makes it all possible.

Lena Shrader
Regional Coordinator, Andean Region of South America
Prayer: Lord, our prayer is that the hope of our life be found completely in you. In all stages of our lives, may you be our rock of refuge to which we may continually come. 

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Psalm 71:1-14 (ESV)

1In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
    let me never be put to shame!
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
    incline your ear to me, and save me!
Be to me a rock of refuge,
    to which I may continually come;
you have given the command to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
For you, O Lord, are my hope,
    my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;
    you are he who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.

I have been as a portent to many,
    but you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
    and with your glory all the day.
Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
    forsake me not when my strength is spent.
10 For my enemies speak concerning me;
    those who watch for my life consult together
11 and say, “God has forsaken him;
    pursue and seize him,
    for there is none to deliver him.”

12 O God, be not far from me;
    O my God, make haste to help me!
13 May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
    with scorn and disgrace may they be covered
    who seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually
    and will praise you yet more and more.

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