Old Testament David lays hold of God’s faithfulness in hard times.

Psalm 40:11  Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; let Your loving-kindness and Your truth continually preserve me.  (NKJV)

Someone wrote, this is not so much a prayer as it is an expression of confidence in the certainty of God’s response.  It’s helpful, in trying times, to remember past answers to prayer — past occasions when the mercies and grace of God have enabled you to endure.

“Loving-kindness” is a reference to God’s covenant love — His loyal love to Israel.  In spite of Israel’s stubbornness, grumbling, and disobedience, the Lord had made a covenant with them and those promises would be kept.  When the clouds of trial gather it’s time, as a Christ-follower, to remind yourself that God is with you and will never leave or forsake you!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.