I’ve been feeling a little under the weather in a spiritual sense and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I couldn’t identify what I was feeling exactly, let alone why. For the first time in a long time I was at a loss for words to explain what was happening. In frustration, I stole away during lunch yesterday to read the Bible a little bit hoping to find some comfort/relief for whatever this was. Out of habit I turned to Psalm 139 which can usually bring me out of anything… not this time. So I sat there for a moment, took a deep breath and looked again. Psalm 143 seemed to leap of the page and each word sank deep into my soul. I couldn't put it down! I love the Psalms and David is one of my favorite people in the Bible, but on this particular Psalm at this particular moment in my life - as the young folks say, I was feeling him! Was I ever feeling Him on this one!
Psalm 143 (NLT)
A psalm of David.
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my plea!
Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
God’s response to my prayers isn't based on what I do or don’t do, It’s based on His being Faithful and Righteous no matter what!!! Hey, I’m starting to feel a little better already!
Don’t put your servant on trial,
for no one is innocent before you.
I can’t be perfect when I’m put next to God’s standard and He’s not expecting me to be, so I shouldn't expect it of myself.
Striving for perfection, yes;
Being perfected by Him, yes;
Reaching perfection, not until heaven
Ok, I’m starting to get it now…
My enemy has chased me.
He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear.
David was honest with God about what was going on and how he felt. It may not have been “biblically correct” but it was how he felt and God received him there, met him there, and delivered Him there!
I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
In times of distress, the quickest way David knew to find peace was to remember who God is and what He’d done in the past. His immediate response was prayer and he recognized his need for God. I too took a deep breath and remembered what God has been to me, what He’s done for me. Before I knew it, I could actually formulate a prayer!
Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,
for my depression deepens.
Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.
The bottom line is that apart from God, there’s no other option but to be depressed and oppressed. If He were to ever turn away from me, there’s no question in my mind, I would surely die!
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
I run to you to hide me.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
When I’m not sure what to ask God for, when I don’t know what to pray, these words say it best. Father I need to hear your voice. I need your direction. I need you to rescue me. I need you teach me. I need you to lead me. I need you in everything, in every minute of every day. I need you!
For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress. In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.
God gets glory out of delivering me from impossible situations. Every time I make it through something and give God the praise and the credit, He is glorified in the eyes of someone who may not know Him! He does it too. He delivers time and time again, not because of me, but because of His faithfulness and his unfailing love for me! Now that's good news! Who’s feeling me?
Happy Thursday all!