Daily Devotional 3-30-19

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:13

The first five words are italicized in our nkj version and do not represent any words in the original text. Actually the sentence is, in a sense, unfinished. Or it may be considered as an exclamation, “Oh, if I had not believed to behold the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” Had David been without faith and spiritual insight, he could not, dare not, think what the sad results might have been when his enemies were seeking his destruction and false witnesses were endeavoring to corrupt his life and ruin his testimony. But believing God, he triumphed over them all. Looking upon the promises of the Lord as certain of fulfilment, he was preserved from moral and spiritual shipwreck.

Unless I had believed,

I had fainted long ago,

So buffeted by whelming seas,

With treach’rous undertow;

I dare not think what might have been

Unless I had believed.

Unless I had believed,

I could not have won the fight,

Too many and too fierce my foes

To have withstood their might;

They would have torn me, limb from limb,

Unless I had believed.

Now that I have believed,

Are my feet upon the Rock,

My soul established, strong, secure,

To brave the earthquake shock?

What tragic loss, what black despair!—

Unless I had believed.

—T. O. Chisholm

 H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 94.