My Confidence

For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. Psalm 71:5-6

Today passage from the Psalms describes my relationship with the Lord who has been watching over me since my birth over 62 years ago. The Psalmist uses this particular Psalm to express his gratitude and praise for a Sovereign Lord who has delivered him time and time again since his youth. He cries out for deliverance one more time so that he might be able to continue to glorify God, tell of His righteous acts, and praise Him before all men.

As I read this Psalm, I could certainly identify with Psalmist who needed deliverance from his wicked enemies one more time. In my case, the wicked enemy is no mere man. No, my evil enemy is Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease which is a much fiercer foe. Like the Psalmist, I have also petitioned the Lord for divine deliverance from this evil enemy time and time again.

Of course, divine deliverance can come in many wonderful ways. Therefore, I trust fully in the Lord to apply His miraculous method of deliverance in my situation. It could be through heavenly healing, safe and secure refuge, softening of the symptoms, purposeful and meaningful activity, sudden death, or a unique method He has perfectly picked for my particular predicament with this disease. You see, God has delivered me in the past when trials have hammered my doorstep. Sometimes He chosen to remove the trials while other times He simply kept them at bay. But one things for sure, His deliverance is always perfect!

In my current situation with this disease, it makes no difference to me what God choses but only that His will be done in my life. Whatever form of deliverance He decides upon, I will continue to praise Him! Why? Because He is my confidence, my hope, my strength, and my refuge.

If you are struggling from the daily demands of dementia, remember today’s passage from the Psalms. Contemplate on the times God has delivered you from trials since your youth. Praise Him for His presence, power, and protection in the past. Then petition his deliverance today so you can confidently continue to praise and glorify His Holy Name before all men.

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2 Responses to My Confidence

  1. Art says:

    How honest of you to include “sudden death” as well as “heavenly healing” in your list of how God can deliver us from dementia (as well as other diseases with no cure on the immediate horizon). I’m sure that, like me, you find the latter option far more preferable than the former, but either is deliverance.

    At the depths of his despair in Job 6, Job prayed for death, that “God would grant what I hope for, that God would be willing to crush” Job. Instead, God healed Job and blessed him at the end of his life more abundantly than before he endured his trials. Job was healed, Job was delivered, Job was blessed.

    But Paul wrote in Philipians 1 during one of his confinements, contemplating his own death, that he hoped only to, “have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” There is no other way except our earthly death that we may be delivered to eternal life with Christ.

    So if we are healed, we are delivered, we are blessed. If we remain in the faith but die, we will be with Christ and be delivered and blessed. So as long as we have faith – strong faith or weak, for decades or days – we are delivered.

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