Verse for Today: Friday, January 18, 2013
Psalms 39:12 – Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; do not be silent at my tears; for I am a stranger with You, a sojourner like all my fathers.
King David was the sweet singer of Israel and he wrote several most comforting hymns which are in the hymnbook of Israel. His songs have come out of the fierce testing and trials that he passed through. He went was in the crucible of tribulations where he found opportunity to dip deep into the love of God. Even as he faced the bitterest of anguishes and intimidation, the love of God was around him in a real way to comfort him. He experienced the special protection and safety from God in his life. He escaped from Goliath and wild animals because of the Lord. He was kept safe from Saul and the enemy kings because the Lord put His arms of mercy and compassion around David and kept him as the apple of His eyes. David was the man after God’s own heart and he spent considerable time praying and weeping before God. His prayers were passionate which came from the bottom of his heart with all the emotions of a baby crying unto its parents. But each time he prayed, he exhibited the spirit of humility, surrender and contrition and cried out as a helpless and needy soul. He knew well that God would hear his prayers and see his tears. He was always willing to express his lowest estate without any reservation to God as an exasperated person and a destitute. He always confessed that he was an alien in the land and a sojourner. He always looked forward to a day when he would reach his heavenly home and be with his Lord. So David asked for journey mercies for his travel through this world in his life. David’s prayers throw a challenge to us to pray passionately and with a contrite spirit, confessing ourselves to be sojourners, seeking the grace and compassion of a loving Father in heaven.
Dear friend, the way you pray would indicate the extent of passion and compassion you experience in expressing your contrite spirit to the Lord. Your sobbing and gasping words are the reflection of your deepest inner needs. Your awareness of being a sojourner is the result of your faith in the soon coming Lord and your eternal home. Abraham lived such a life of faith and prayed to God for his deepest need and God filled him with the hope of an eternal city. Jacob’s prayers and his faith were honored by God by preparing his son Joseph as the savior of his entire family during the famine. Gideon’s faith and his seemingly simple prayers resulted in miraculous deliverance for him and his people. Nehemiah’s prayers were part of his work of rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. Today God expects us to pray with passion and craving for His blessings of deliverance in our lives. God wants us to pray by acknowledging Him as our sole help and support in times of dire need. He encourages us today to express our emotions of tears and weeping as we pray because these were true demonstration of our deepest needs and anguishes. Then we will see how His ears are open to our passionate words of dire needs in our helpless situations. He will certainly answer us as He walks with us on our sojourn as our travel companion. It is our privilege to cry passionately to our Father and appropriate the answers to our heart cries that are kept securely in His presence.
Psalms 34:15 – The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry.
Thought for Today
Our passionate Father hears our passionate cries for help and gives us His mercy out of His passionate love for us.
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