..Prayer in distress..


Psalm 143:1-11 

Lord, listen to my prayer:
turn your ear to my appeal.
You are faithful, you are just; give answer.
Do not call your servant to judgment
for no one is just in your sight.

The enemy pursues my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead, long forgotten.
Therefore my spirit fails;
my heart is numb within me.

I remember the days that are past:
I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
and to you I stretch out my hands.
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

Lord, make haste and answer;
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
lest I become like those in the grave.

In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
to you I lift up my soul.

Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will
for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
in ways that are level and smooth.

 For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;
in your justice save my soul from distress.

This is one of my favorite Psalms. If you have read this blog for any length of time, you will notice a pattern of Terrible Tuesdays. Each Tuesday for as long as I can recount has been horrid. I do not enjoy Tuesdays and for a myriad of reasons, each week they are difficult. This particular Psalm is the Tuesday Night Prayer. Every Terrible Tuesday, regardless of the anguish, suffering, temptation, despair, disappointment, disillusionment, discontent.. I am consoled.. by the words penned by David..

Is some way or another the Psalms speak to each of us, you can always find a commonality in a verse. They are timeless, having been written what like 2000 years ago, maybe less.. But the point, ~long before you or I were born.

For it is by grace you have been saved,

through faith – and this is not from yourselves,

it is the gift of God. 

~Ephesians 2:8


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