Psalm 9:18 (NIV)
"But God will never forget the needy;
the hope of the afflicted will never perish."
On first reading, you may think ‘needy’ refers to a need for material items, and it can be read in that context. After reading Psalm 9 I suspect however that ‘needy’ refers to those who accept their need for God’s grace. Once we accept that there is so much going on around us which is out of our control, we arrive at a conclusion that we simply need Him.
I imagine that we are all afflicted on some level if we are seeking Him. After all, the world is a sinful place and that was not His original plan, but in Him we have hope. An eternal hope because He is eternal and cannot perish.
Be encouraged that when you seek the truth, even in difficult times, it means your relationship with Him is growing.
Brendan van Oostveen, Principal