Monday 30 January, 2017

Psalm 41

1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. 2 The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. 3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. 4 I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” 5 My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?” 6 When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around. 7 All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying, 8 “A vile disease has afflicted him; he will never get up from the place where he lies.” 9 Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned[b] against me. 10 But may you have mercy on me, Lord; raise me up, that I may repay them. 11 I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. 12 Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. 13 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

In this Psalm David is struggling with ill health.  He also has people against him, you can feel that sense as he writes – all he has and can see is God in his world.

V 11-12 “Meanwhile I’m sure you’re on my side – no victory shouts yet from the enemy camp!  You know me inside and out, you hold me together, you never fail to stand me tall in your presence so I can look you in the eye.”

How beautiful is our God who brings each of us dignity.  Verse 1: begins with ‘dignify those who are down on their luck’

Only Jesus can bring us dignity, he is so incredible that in the midst of our circumstances He can stand us tall so we can look Him in the eye.

When we allow  Him to stand us tall we can find a different perspective to see things and when we look through His eyes we see things differently.

What a beautiful reminder – when we feel alone, of no value, overlooked, isolated….He can make us stand tall.

He sees us……we just have to see Him afresh today.

Lord, help us today to see you afresh. Despite my circumstances help me to stand tall and look you in the eye. You love me and are for me.  I am so grateful for all you have given me. Change my vision that from your perspective I would see myself and my circumstances differently today.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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