Day 62, Psalm 62

This psalm starts out with a powerful declaration:

“Only God can save me, and I calmly wait for him.” Psalm 62:1

In these words I hear confidence and assurance. David knows who God is and has learned throughout his lifetime that his true victory comes from God and that God will help him. So, he waits on God.

This psalm speaks so loudly to me right now. The ministry work I am part of is parked in the “waiting room”. We are waiting for the Lord to guide us and to show us where He is in this work that He called us to. It sounds so easy to wait on the Lord, but for me, it takes practice and intention. I have to focus on not getting impatient, distracted, worried, disruptive or discouraged. I have to chose to be calm and to trust the Lord. I have to chose to spend time in prayer. I then have to chose to pause to listen for the Lord to speak.

In verse 8, David speaks to us and gives us a suggestion for how to wait.

“Trust God my friends, and always tell him each of your concerns. God is our place of safety.”

And he closes with an inside scoop, revealing what he has heard from God.

“I heard God say two things: I am powerful and I am very kind.” The Lord rewards each of us according to what we do. Psalm 62:11-12

We share our concerns with you God and we trust you. We will keep the dialog going with you and listen for you while we wait. Amen

See you tomorrow for Psalm 63

Day 42, Psalm 42

What do you do when you feel distant from God? When your experience with God doesn’t seem as “electric” as it was in the past? Journalling is one way I can begin sorting out my feelings and acknowledge them. The questions in verse 11 are great sentence starters for a journal, or a prayer.

Why am I feeling so discouraged?

Why am I restless?

As I explore these questions, I may find the answers and I may not. Maybe the answers will come after some time passes. In the meantime, this psalmist gives us powerful words to conclude our journal entry or prayer.

I trust you, LORD!

I will praise you again because you help me, and you are my God.

We are in good hands, even when we are restless and discouraged. God will help us.

See you tomorrow for Psalm 43

Day 20, Psalm 20

This psalm was written during a time of battle.  David cries out for help and knows that God will help.  The first verse reminds me of the prayers I would say as my kids grew up and began to live their lives outside of my reach.  I would pray that God would protect them and help them when they are in trouble. 

I have several friends and family members who have kids heading off to college, or getting married, or moving to a new location.  Their worries are the same as mine were, but not all have faith to trust God with their kids.  I want to tuck this verse in their hand, with the hope they will find it on the day they need it most. 

We trust you Lord to watch over our kids.

See you tomorrow for Psalm 21