This is one of those prayers I should have ingrained into my spirit. Praying the psalms is a good, disciplined practice… and, let’s face it, we are all going through something. We live in a sorrow-filled world, where tragedies happen far too often… and our prayer lives are far too thin. God is the One to whom we need to run toward. We need to know God, as our Sustainer (Ps. 54:4).
Where do we run for strength? As it says in 1 John 2, this world and all its desires will pass away. What comes next, is where our hope can find its home…
“Those who do the will of the Father, will live forever (see vv. 17).”
Because God and His imperishable Word last forever!
“[B]ut the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was proclaimed to you (1 Pet. 1:25, NET).”
This eternal Word is what we need to seek. God’s Word will encourage us far better than anything of this world. After all, the things of this world are fading and await their time of passing away. Because like our mortal bodies, we know these things will pass away.
Knowing the world and its cravings pass away, should alter where we turn for encouragement and strength. The more time we spend with God, reassures us that His strength is far different than the things of this world. His strength springs forth from eternity, not the ends of the earth.
Barnes notes that this sorrow is a “quiet but continuous grief that slowly wears away the soul… Give me strength to meet this constant wearing away…”
Each of us face the same wearing away. Our souls need to be renewed. Such renewal is found in One place – in the arms of Christ!
How are you experiencing the wearing away?
What in your life is holding you up to meet the daily
challenges you face? Is your source of strength –
Christ or things of this world?
The Arms of Christ
In Him, we find refreshment (Jer. 31:25), endurance to take one more step (Rom. 5:3-4), and refuel to make that step – and courage. In Christ, we are blessed with an abundance of courage (John 16:33). Jesus doesn’t come to “steal, kill, and destroy” like the enemy of our souls does, but Christ comes to add to our life and sustain us (John 10:10).
Christ came not to “steal, kill, and destroy”. How have you felt closer toward the edge, than toward life?
The Right Way
While David seeks to be renewed like we saw yesterday, he continues to be seek God. He wants to see God act on his behalf. While enduring a sorrow-filled spirit, when it is difficult to move, he finds himself praying that God would…
“Remove from me the way of lying (KJV); Graciously give me your law (NET).”
I don’t imagine that was an easy prayer to pray, but…
The things closest to our hearts, can be the hardest to bring to words in our prayers. That’s why the Holy Spirit is there to intercede on our behalf, for when we cannot (Rom. 8:26). But with the Holy Spirit, we can pray like David. Not because of us, just because of Him and His greatness!
This heartfelt prayer would greatly impact his relationship with God, because it required shear vulnerability. It is one of the hardest things to pray, but most important.
Moments like these would alter his walk with God for the rest of his life.
This is exactly why he is known as a man after God’s own heart.
How is God calling you to take up His cross (see Mt. 16:24),
versus clinging to your comfortable ways.
David is our example of what this looks like.
Commitment to Christ and His ways means letting ourselves have more moments of these. It means opening up to praying like this, instead of what is easiest on us when our prayers are answered.