Thursday, May 20, 2010

daily text 5/20

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
"Because of my integrity you have upheld me." (Psalm 41:12)

King David once experienced a severe sickness, which is mentioned in Psalm 41. Confined for a time to a sickbed, David was so ill that it seemed to some of his enemies that he would never "get up again." (Verses 7, 8) David did not expect Jehovah to perform a miracle and remove the sickness. Rather, David felt certain that Jehovah would "sustain him"—that is, give him support and strength while he was lying on his sickbed. (Verse 3) David definitely needed such help. In addition to the sickness that weakened him, he was surrounded by enemies who were saying evil things about him. (Verses 5, 6) Jehovah may well have strengthened David by bringing to his mind comforting thoughts. David may also have found strength in reflecting on the fact that Jehovah regarded him as a man of integrity. David did finally recover from his sickness. Is it not reassuring to know that Jehovah can sustain those who are sick?—2 Corinthians 1:3.
(Watchtower issue: 9/15/08, 1:10, 13)