David describes several types of tragedy that all experience; sooner or later. This kind of distress saps strength and doesn’t seem to take a time-out. (V9-10) The tragedy David describes includes people who seem to delight in making our lives miserable (v11-13)
The vision for ChildHope began in the heart of John Bueno in 1963. He was going home late one night and saw a young boy selling newspapers on the street in San Salvador, El Salvador. He stopped and bought all the left-over newspapers so the boy could go home. John soon realized this boy’s life was stuck; he would be up early the next day to sell newspapers all over again. It was the kind of situation that David describes of himself in old age, (v9-10) but this was a young boy whose future had no upside. John Bueno’s vision to start ChildHope was a simple case of putting trust in the Lord. (v14) But 55 years later the face of God has shined on his servant John Bueno and more than 1 million children who have attended ChildHope schools in El Salvador since 1963.
Vice President, ChildHope
Prayer: Despite those things in my life that have no upside, I chose to trust in you, O Lord. You are my God!
9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.
11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.
14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
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