Friday, June 10, 2016
Are you enjoying going through the Psalms with me? I hope so! I'm gaining so much insight through really studying them. I am learning more and more about the Lord's goodness and His expectations of me as His faithful servant.
Verse 1 is so amazing. It says, "Listen to my words, Lord; consider my sighing." When I looked up the word, "sighing" in the Hebrew, it actually refers to murmurings. Have you ever had times of prayer where your heart was so heavy you just murmured? Oh, dear ones, I definitely have. When we are in a situation we don't know how to handle or it's something so difficult we're not sure what to do, the murmurings come. A lot of times I am murmuring to God His Scriptures of promise. Sometimes, it's as Romans 8:26-27 tells us,
"In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind- set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."
The Holy Spirit is praying for us because we, ourselves, just don't know what to pray. I love how God equips us to pray even when we're not sure how to even pray.
I love how verse 2 asks the Lord to pay attention and hear our cries of prayer. It's also interesting to note here that David refers to God as his King and his God. It's always good to remember that not only is the Lord our God but He is our King as well. This is a reminder to follow Him as our leader.
Verses 7 reminds me that I should always have reverence for the Lord. Notice, too, how David says, "I enter your house by the abundance of Your faithful love." Isn't it wonderful how God invites us into His house through His abundant love for us? He welcomes us to sit before Him and talk with Him. Not only that, we receive guidance from Him if we will just ask.
Verses 11 and 12 tell us over and over again how the Lord protects us and shelters us. We want to remember that He protects and shields those of us who remain faithful to Him. The word "shield" is used again, as in Psalm 3:3, to remind us that He protects us as a shield in battle. We need this reminder a lot, don't we? I know I do! In the troubles and strife of life, I can feel like the arrows are coming at me from all directions, yet God has His shield up, protecting me! Oh, Lord...thank you for this!
My spiritual heart continues to grow stronger as I go through these beautiful Scriptures. I am reminded time and time again that God cares so much for me - and for YOU!
Blessings - Julie