A Token For Good

Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

Psalm 86:17

In this verse, the Psalmist asks the Lord to show him a “token for good.”  The context is that he wants this token for good so that those people who hate him will see it and know that he is on the Lord’s side.  Sometimes we need that “token for good” for our own benefit.  Sometimes we need God to give us just a little something to show us that He loves us.  We know that He loves us.  We know that He has promised to “never leave us nor forsake us.”  We know these things, but sometimes as we walk through the valleys of life, our faith gets weak and frail and just need something from Him.  We may be walking through a period of darkness in which we just need one ray of light to remind us that our struggles are temporary.

I know that God has given me many “tokens of good” throughout my life.  There have been times that I have been discouraged.  There have been times that I have been depressed.  There have been times that I have been on the edge of despair.  But He is faithful and He always sends some little reminder that I am His and He is mine.  I want to be more aware of these “token of good” and I think I will try to start looking for them.  I don’t know how many times He has tried to encourage me and I have missed it.  I think we would all benefit from looking for His tokens of good, and when we find them, thanking Him for His goodness and mercy toward us.  I love this verse and I love the phrase “tokens of good.”

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben!

    This is a really cool post!

    “our struggles are temporary.” .. I like that!! I’m also understanding from your post that from these temporary struggles, He will give ‘a token for good!’ I’ve missed His encouragement too, but thankfully, that doesn’t stop Him from sending them!

    Be encouraged in Him. Thank you for this token for good 🙂

    Blessings in abundance!


  2. Thank you Ben , for helping us look for Him. I love it when I realize all He is doing and placing in my day, my tokens. It changes my whole perspective which can too easily slip into just seeing negatives. God bless you and all He is doing for you today!


    • I think that it’s human nature to only want to dwell on the negatives. In fact, I have been struggling with just that for the last week or two. Maybe I should take my advice and pay attention to what I’m writing! 🙂


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