Wednesday 9 January, 2019

Psalm 120

1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. 2 Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. 3 What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue? 4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. 5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar! 6 Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. 7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

In this Psalm, David is being surrounded by deceit, lies and a desire for war. This distresses him and so he is crying out to the Lord. The second line in vs1 ” and He answers me” is the point I wish to focus on for today’ s passage.

We have all cried out to God at sometime in our distress, due to a weighing circumstance. But do we always recognise how God answers? Recently, I have experienced a cry to God in deep distress, and could not see His answer, therefore feeling that my cry was bouncing off the ceiling.! But was it? No. God heard all my cries to Him, and answered everyone of them, but I could not, and in some cases, still do not see how He answered them.

Through this I have learnt that great faith is not praying a powerful prayer and seeing the answer, but praying a prayer, not seeing the answer, but still proclaiming God’s goodness as being complete and absolute.

Father, when we cry out to You within the fog of distress, may we have the faith that always proclaims your goodness, regardless of what we see, or do not see. Amen.

Written by Steve Fell

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