Saturday 22 March, 2014

Psalm 61

1 God, hear my cry for help. Listen to my prayer. 2 From a place far away I call out to you. I call out as my heart gets weaker. Lead me to the safety of a rock that is high above me. 3 You have always kept me safe from my enemies. You are like a strong tower to me. 4 I long to live in your holy tent forever. There I find safety in the shadow of your wings. Selah 5 God, you have heard my promises. You have given me what belongs to those who worship you. 6 Add many days to the king’s life. Let him live on and on for many years. 7 May he always enjoy your blessing as he rules. Let your love and truth keep him safe. 8 Then I will always sing praise to you. I will keep my promises day after day.

In this Psalm King David expresses his insatiable thirst for intimacy with his God. He enjoys the worship atmosphere of the Temple in company with other worshipers, but it is out in the wilderness on the run from his enemies that he acknowledges his complete dependence on God. This dependence draws him into an intimate and loving relationship with the LORD.

David’s fellowship with God is so real even though he has been forced into exile by his enemies. He is rejoicing because he knows that God is there. No matter what we are experiencing we know that an intimate relationship with God will make us able to meet any and every situation life throws at us.

Father I praise you that living in and through Jesus Christ brings me into an intimate relationship with you. I love you LORD and I lift my voice in worship in each situation of my life.

Written by Keith Bennett

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