“The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.” -Psalm 6:9
There is this “key moment” that comes along with talking to God about your deepest need and hurt. You ask for forgiveness, surely you are troubled, maybe crying, and there is begging taking place in your exchange (be sure to be prepared to listen). Then there comes the place where you want to give up…but DON’T! Don’t give up in talking to God. In Psalm 6, David has this “key moment” of discovering or realizing that God is listening, and not only listening, but has accepted his prayer. God hasn’t done anything about David’s need, but David is satisfied, secure, seemingly happy that God knows his heart. Pour out your heart to Him today…sense the key moment.
I grew up in church and we learned Scripture from songs. The Psalms are songs. My all-time favorite is Psalm 3. I recall singing it often in church in our teenager meetings. I still sing it today when it looks like the deck is stacked against me. I sing loud in the car and silently when I am walking down the street, “Oh Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of me, there is not help for him in God. BUT thou O Lord, art the shield about me, the lifter and protecter of my head. I cry out to the Lord and He answers me from His holy hill.”
“Cry out” is mentioned over 80 times in the Bible. Here, it shows King David’s desperation for God. It conveys passion, longing, and a desire to see God protect him and deliver him. Pray today, but I urge you to cry out to Him! He will answer you!
Looking out at my backyard I see some dry leaves still on the trees. Withered, brown, and hanging there, they will no doubt drop to the ground to be scattered unless someone rakes them up (it won’t be me!). God is delighted and happy when we listen to Him and keep His Word. If we think about it, meditate on it, and live it; the Psalmist says it is like we are trees planted by streams, and our lives flourish, we give something to this world, and we are alive and never die. Everything we then do will prosper!
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.” -Psalm 1:1
Please, I beg you….READ THE PSALMS!
The Word of God is plain: Don’t listen to wicked people in order to gain direction or wisdom for your life. God calls us to think about doing right, following His Word, every day, ALL day. There is joy in listening and following God.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates on it day and night.” -Psalm 1:1
Long before we ever had scientists or astronomers, God counted all the stars and gave them names. Think about that the next time there is breaking news about a new galaxy that has been discovered or new pictures of a planet are released. And we respond with, “Wow!” God is not thinking, “Been there, done that,” rather, we can know of His marvelous wonder and power.
“He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.” -Psalm 147:4
Every day we long for a good word, something to hold on to, to meditate on and to gravitate towards, to claim as truth. Here it is: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” -Psalm 147:3
When I read the Psalms I pray them. I pray those words to the Lord myself because it helps me to know Him and His character, His personality, and His love to me. Pray 147:3 today.
So many times our love is subjective and selective. A couple of years ago, at a low point, a Christian dude called me… “Hey man…just wanted to let you know I love you…call me some time, let me know if I can help you.” As a Christ follower, you do not need to wait on people to call on you…you meet their need, you go to them…that is love. God loves you. Give Him your trust. Go to someone today because He loves you.
“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.” -Psalm 143:8