All this has come upon us, though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant. Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way; yet you have broken us in the place of jackals and covered us with the shadow of death. If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart. Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
How can I take on that attitude, Lord, that you did as You endured the cross for the joy that was set before You? How can I be in such a place of faith and trust that I will endure any trial, any tribulation, knowing that Your joy will sustain me? Only through the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Praise You, Lord.