Have you ever found yourself too distressed to pray? In hindsight, I know I have not prayed many a time when I was in a pickle. I can look back now and see that God was right there with me, and it certainty wasn’t because I was asking Him to be there in those moments. Verse 4 reminded me of this comfort today. It also reminded me that there are others who are standing on their faith in God’s promises right now at this very moment. I sometimes forget when I’m reading through psalms that it’s not a one-man show. I don’t know how to explain that really. It’s like when I read a psalm, I get the picture that millions of people are out there shunning God and being jerks, but I forget that there also are millions of people standing solid as a rock on the cornerstone that is Jesus Christ. I worry that when people who don’t know God and don’t want to know God read the psalms all they see is doom and gloom and destruction and God’s most faithful people asking over and over and over and over again for help to save them from this person trying to kill them and that person trying to destroy them. Those things are hard to explain, especially when you don’t have the entire context of when and how and by whom the passages of the Bible are written. History, people. This is why it’s important. Not knowing history and not realizing why and when and how things were written can be detrimental to society as a whole. We’ve seen it happen. We know – even to this day – that these very words that we are reading today can be and have been applied in a thousand different ways. And some of those ways are not helpful. At. All.
Gosh, that took a turn to a place I never expected. Oh, well. That’s writing for you, huh?
Sum it up:
I am calling to you now, God, for help.
Admittedly, I have forgotten to ask You
But now I’m asking.
Because I remember stories
About your goodness
And I have seen with my own eyes,
How much you love us
How great and powerful You are.
Remind us again. We thank you.
Writing prompt: that was totally unexpected
Just start writing today and see where it leads. Enjoy.