Ask God to Act
When my hope is lost and my faith is weak, I will rest in the one thing I know, and that is Your love.
Where do you naturally turn in distress?
Our lives are short. God is eternal. We are weak. God is the Creator of the world. We are prone to suffering. God is characterized by compassion and grace. The psalmist asserts these beliefs, contrasting his plight with the power of God, and seeks God's help.
This psalm has three parts. The focus in verses 1 to 11 is upon "me" and my plight. The subject changes, in verses 12 to 22, to the majesty of God as the enthroned King who intervenes on behalf of his people. God is sovereign over his people's destiny. Then in verses 23 to 28, the psalmist unites his two themes, and asks this eternal God to rescue him in his frailty.
Although the psalmist is clearly in distress, he entrusts himself to God and boldly asks God to act. In verses 1 and 2 he asks God to listen to him, while in verse 17 he expresses his confidence in God's willingness to listen. Since God has the power to establish his people as a community who praises his name (18,21,22), he has the power to help one member of that community.
God is greater than personal sin or external pressures. We are his people and may call upon him with confidence.
Consider a challenge from your readings. Take this to the Lord and purpose to advance in this area.
My Lord, You are my confidence in the face of my own sin and the distresses around me. I safely trust in You.
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