I recently began sending the students in CSF a brief reflection on a Psalm each Friday. My hope is that it will provide them with some motivation to read scripture. I have enjoyed meditating on the Psalms, and I look forward to taking the next few years to get through them all! I decided it might be worthwhile to post the weekly devos here, so if you happen to read this, I pray it is helpful. Enjoy.
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.
1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint;
heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.
3 My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, LORD, how long?
4 Turn, LORD, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
Wh praises you from the grave?
6 I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my foes.
8 Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the LORD has heard my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my cry for mercy;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame
The Psalms are considered the prayerbook in the Bible, poems of worship. Are you surprised by how much they revolve around lament? So much in the Psalms flows from anguish and despair.
Are we this honest in our relationship with God? Do we have a place for lament, crying out to God, in our faith?
But again, the Psalm begins in anguish but ends in hope. Nothing has changed in the life of David from beginning to end, he moves from despair to confidence. He has faith God has heard his prayer, and thus trusts God will come to his aid and save him.
Come to God in honest prayer, don’t hide from your emotions. But don’t stop there – have faith God listens and cares and will save you.
Have a lovely spring break.