Wednesday, January, 14th

Wednesday, January, 14th

Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. Ephesians 1:15-19

Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me .... But I keep praying to you, Lord, hoping this time you will show me favor. In your unfailing love, O God, answer my prayer with your sure salvation. Rescue me from the mud; don’t let me sink any deeper! Save me from those who hate me, and pull me from these deep waters. Don’t let the floods overwhelm me, or the deep waters swallow me, or the pit of death devour me. Answer my prayers, O Lord, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful. Don’t hide from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble! Psalm 69:1-3, 13-17

The Psalmist is certainly wrapped up in his circumstances and is asking God to deliver him from the peril of those circumstances. But notice how he is being honest with God and pouring out his heart to him. He doesn’t just see God as a impersonal resource for solving his problems. He relates to God in a very personal way. Surely, he is seeking to come before God with all that he is in order to focus on all that God is so that he can help him in everyway including delivering him from his present circumstances. There is a mix here (not unlike all of us). But surely at the center of things the Psalmist longs to experience God as a personal refuge who he can draw near to and get to know intimately.

Lord, we know that you are our goal and yet we also know that we are a mixed bag and let other things get in the way of you. Help us not to pretend that everything is alright but help us to follow the psalmist’s example of honesty and openness before you. On the other hand may we not be so overwhelmed by what it is not alright that we cannot find you in the midst of our difficult circumstances. Lord, lift us up into your wonderful and glorious presence in spite of ourselves.

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