Saturday 5th March

Please read Psalm 31…

One of the beautiful aspects of the Psalms is the example and permission they give us to cry out truthfully from our hearts before the Lord. Here in this Psalm of David we witness the beautiful faith that David has in God when he says, “Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.”

Yet only a few verses later David is also able to cry out, “Be gracious to me O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.”

David is true to his faith, but he is also true to the situation he finds himself in and is able to communicate both to God.

Such open and honest communication is always what God wants. There is no hiding the truth or our fear from our heavenly Father. David does neither of these things but demonstrates that in the midst of extremely difficult times he chooses to put his hope in God. Choosing to remember the faithfulness and abundant goodness of the Lord whose steadfast love always endures. Choosing to worship Him no matter what.

David’s  final cry has significance for all of us: “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.” When we bring our heart’s cry before the Lord we find that waiting is never easy and not something that we are accustomed to doing in our present culture where everything happens immediately. Sometimes waiting on God is the only choice we have to remain faithful in our hope and love of God.

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