Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A psalm for trying seasons

S - Psalm 25New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 25[a]
Of David.

1 In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.
Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
    forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
    He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
    and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
    and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
    and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
    because my hope, Lord,[c] is in you.

O-  Davids psalm is both encouraging in that we see a man who is both vulnerable in front of God admitting his own feelings and weaknesses, but confident in the Lord that He hope.   He describes how many of us feel...  in love with God, but desperate in our current situations,  aware of how great is our God,  but still fearful of our current circumstances.    This psalm is the cry of our hearts and the hope of our mind, that whom we belong to is greater than what we face.  

A - The application for me in this season is to recognize the challenge I am facing is my own personal grind with habits, thoughts, and ways I have grown to be are beign paintfully chiseled away in a way that makes me feel helpless, naked, and  vulnerable in this world.   I know I had expected after 10 years of following Christ, to have been through the major issues, but the truth is God has allowed me to face only what I can handle, and now is continuing his good work in me.    My hearts desire is to this Psalm 25 perspective in this season, and model my thoughts and behavior after David,  to express my pain and fear, but speak the turht of who God is.   To grow in patient endurance, because God is good and faithful and has never left or forsaken me and and prepared me along the way. 

P -  Dear heavenly Father thank you for your continued work in me.   I struggle to feell thankful all the time,  and pray for your continued grace and comfort along the way.   Like a dentist,  I don't enjoy the time that you are drilling out my cavaties but I know you are a good physician and  are helping me life a healthier future by healing my cavities today.   I ask Lord for forgiveness for doubting you, for being angry with you for being so slow,  and for allowing the hurt and pain in my life.  I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

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