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Encourage0gram June 6, 2020

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram
June 6, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
 
Today, we will continue our look at David’s personal lament song in Psalm 13.
You may remember from yesterday that David very honestly expressed his struggles. He was struggling theologically with God, personally with himself, and socially with an enemy. The first step in his lament is a very frank look at his pain and sorrow.
 
NIV Psalm 13:3-4
Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
 
His actions change at verse three. David is now praying to the Lord.  If we remain only in step one, we will not find the hope God wants to give us.  He is praying desperately and fervently. He addresses the Lord MY God.  His relationship has been restored enough that he is convinced God exists and cares for him. (Hebrews 11:6)
 
David wants God to do a thorough inquiry into his pain!  Look on me!  This is not a causal investigation but a deep one.  Next he calls on God to answer!  David often asks God to answer him (Psalm 4:1, 69:13-16, 119:145 are just a few examples). When we pray do we really expect that God hears us and will answer? Finally, David seeks God’s instruction.  Enlighten my eyes is a request for understanding and guidance.  Enlightened eyes have clear vision and hope for future! (Psalm 18:28-29, 44:3, 89:15).
 
These are three specific requests. As followers of Christ we know our God hears and will answer our prayers so we can pray boldly (John 16:24).  This is an essential step to find relief and to mature in our faith walk. 
 
David also expresses his fears in his prayer.  He is afraid of death, defeat and defamation.  It is especially difficult for him to envision his enemy throwing a victory party in his defeat.  Is it ok to tell God our fears?  Yes!  All three of these are hypothetical fears. (They begin with “lest” in the KJV).  We all feel fear and are invited to tell our Heavenly Father about it! Jesus understands our fears.
 
NIV Hebrews 4:14-16
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-- yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
 
We are living in fearful days!  So, let us boldly pray for ourselves and others! Let us cry out to our Living Savior to heal our land and the divisions that separate us! Let us ask Him for healing from the coronavirus.  Let us plead with God for restoration of our freedoms and peace.    
 
We will finish the song tomorrow and discover that after his actions changed, David’s emotions were transformed!
 
I will be at church tomorrow from 8:30 AM to noon.  Please come to visit. Our plans for reopening our church will be revealed on this week’s video of the worship service at www.fcchurch.org.  Our live stream video will begin at 9:00 AM.
 
Until tomorrow,
Pastor Rick

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