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Day 30: Holding On to His Promises


They reeled and staggered like drunkards;

they were at their wits’ end.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,

and he brought them out of their distress.

He stilled the storm to a whisper;

the waves of the sea were hushed.

They were glad when it grew calm,

and he guided them to their desired haven.

Let them give thanks to the Lord

for his unfailing love

and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

(Psalm 107: 27–31)


Psalm 107 is filled with stories of God’s amazing and lavish

love. In my own story of deliverance, it was only when I was desperate

enough “at wits end” (vs. 27) that I gave God the opportunity

to act.

Desperation is the beginning of God’s power, and desperation

is better than despair. Through desperation, I finally learned to

release and exercise my faith. Faith is what gets you through those

dark days. Faith always holds on and prevails.

You say, how? Through prayer and thanksgiving! I am a great

fan of the old hymns of the Church. In the face of desperate times

I often hum the old hymns that echo words of thanksgiving and

praise. I am reminded of the refrain from one of my childhood

favorites, “No, Never Alone.”

“No, never alone, He promised never to leave me, never to

leave me alone! No, never alone, NO never alone. He promised

never to leave me, never to leave me alone.”

Still to this day, when I think about these words and hum the

familiar melody I feel a comfort and certain assurance that HE is

always there, even in hard times.

Truly, “God does inhabit the praises of His people.” Unfortunately,

we usually think about and offer thanksgiving and praise

after the “episode” has passed and that’s good, but I have found HIS

BEST when I remember to praise and thank Him in the midst of

the “trial.” Verse 28 says, “Then they cry out to the Lord in their

trouble and HE brings them out of their distress.” Verse 31, “Oh,

that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for

His wonderful work to the children of men.”

Thanksgiving and praise is the super highway to His peace

and provision. Let us all give HIM praise and thanksgiving

throughout every day! Amen and Amen!

– Roddy Conner –


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