Archive for April 14th, 2012

Psalm 31

Psalm 31 has David talking about God and his relationship with Him.  David tells us how he acts – which can give us some ideas of ways we should interact with God in our own lives.  Check out what he does:

–       “I take refuge

–       I trust in the Lord

–       I will rejoice and be glad

–       I trust in you

–       I cried to you for help

–       I hear the whisperings

–       I say

Notice anything about how David interacts with God?  It is action – it doesn’t say ‘I sat on my rear end and waited for God to do something for me’.  That is how we often act.  Or, we do whatever we want without even considering what God may do.  Then we come running when we have things messed up.  A relationship with God requires us to do something.  It requires us to interact with the Father!

We can learn the kinds of things David is seeking from God here too.  It’s one thing to try and connect with God, but about what?  What do we ask for?  Check out what David seeks:

–       “Incline your ear to me

–       rescue me

–       Be a rock of refuge

–       save me

–       Into your hand I commit my spirit

–       Love the Lord

–       Wait for the Lord

David comes to God for lots of things.  But the key is – he asks.  He seeks God’s face and asks God to get involved.  He realizes that without God things are not going to go well.  He is seeking God’s help.

God does hear.  God did respond.  He responds today too.  We just need to ask.  Here is what God did from David’s pleas:

–       “you are my rock and my fortress

–       you lead me and guide me

–       you take me out of the net

–       you are my refuge

–       you heard the voice

–       the Lord preserves the faithful

–       abundantly repays the one who acts in pride

God doesn’t sit on the sidelines either.  He is active and alive and listening and responding.  We sometimes have to wait for His time, but He is not ignoring us.  He is not unable to take action.  We need to come to Him with our requests and then watch for His response.

David understands the reality.  Life is not about us.  Left to us alone, we will fail.  “My life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away”.  Remember who this is – a man after God’s heart – the king of Israel.  If he struggles, guess what, you and I will too. We need to take a cue from his playbook and realize that God is our only plan.  There is no plan B.  “Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage”.  The plan is simple.  Love God, seek His face, wait for His response.  He is the only plan!

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