Prisoners of Hope

Tammy De Ruyter

READ : Psalm 94:12-23

The Lord will not forsake his people. (v. 14)

On August 3, 2001, two American women were kidnapped by the Taliban government of Afghanistan. Their charge? Proselytizing—a crime punishable by death according to Islamic law. Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer were serving the Afghan poor through a humanitarian aid organization when they were forced into a car, whisked away, repeatedly interrogated, and held hostage. Persecuted for their nationality and their faith they waited for three months as the prospect of torture or death loomed before them.

The writer of Psalm 94 had also known persecution. He writes of physical oppression and national pain. He writes of wicked rulers and evil deeds. Then a profound and personal shift occurs. The psalmist moves to a first-person viewpoint and begins to write of hope. He testifies that God consoles when the cares of his heart are many (v. 19). The psalmist knows he is not alone and offers this hope to the frightened oppressed: “The Lord will not forsake his people.”

Dayna and Heather were rescued during a dramatic military operation. Their experiences, and their testimony of reliance upon God, made international news. When our enemies abound, when sickness and disease have the upper hand, or when the cares of your heart are many, put your hope in the Lord who will never forsake you.

PRAYER

Jesus, to you alone do we cling!