DAY 34

April 8, 2017

Yesterday we read of a time the Israelites complained and grumbled when adversity came their way. We learned that as God's people we should trust Him instead of complain, that we should not fear but pray.

 

However, this doesn't mean that we should manufacture strength or hope when there may be none in us. 

In today's passage we see that it is OKAY to come to God with our fears, with our despair, and anxieties.

God welcomes us just as we are.

 

King David's relationship with God was so intimate that he did not feel like he had to put on a face to talk to God. When he wanted to worship he shouted and sang songs of praise. When he was afraid he sang a song of fear and desperation. When he was lost, he sang a song that yelled HELP! 

 

Today we will Reflect, Confess, and Pray the same Psalm--143. It's a song of King David.

 

In it there is fear, anxiety and desperation.

 

And in the midst of that, there’s a strong sense of trust and willingness to lean into the presence of God while surrounded by uncertainty.

There is not one ounce of doubt in David's mind that God is present.

 

How about for you?

What is going on in your soul?

Are you anxious, fearful, desperate, or hurting?

 

Speak to God. Express your emotions to Him. 

He is there. He is here. He loves you. He can do something about your situation.

 

I pray that your relationship with God is one in which you can be open with Him.

Share with Him just how you are feeling and feel His presence and heart ever close to yours as you open your heart to His. 

 

REFLECT:

Psalm 143

1 Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
    in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
   he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.

 

CONFESS:

7 Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
    Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
   Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
    may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

 

PRAY:

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
      in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
      destroy all my foes,
     for I am your servant.

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