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Saturday, January 15, 2011

But I am in prayer.

"But I am in prayer"--Psalm 109:4

"But I am in prayer."--Psalm 109:4.  This is a statement David makes in response to the fact that he is surrounded by his enemies.  For his love, evil is returned.  He gives good, they give evil.  David had done nothing wrong but was hated by Saul.  David wasn't perfect yet he was still a man after God's own heart.  Some have asked why.  The question came up recently here at school, and finally I found an answer that satisfied.  He was a man after God's own heart because unlike many of his contemporaries, when confronted with his own sin, had the humility to acknowledge it and repent.  This is just one of many qualities David had. His response to the evil that surrounded him is also indicative of his character. Evil men chased him.  His response? He hit his knees in prayer and responded with love.  What do we do when we feel like the world is crashing down around us and everything and everyone is against us?

But I am in prayer.  Another translation reads "But I give myself unto prayer." How s your prayer life? I find myself asking others this question whether they are going through a difficult time or not.  I can't really put my finger on it but there is something about kneeling before the throne of God in prayer that seems to make everything we are dealing with so much easier.  I have some struggles in my own life, but its almost strange that I don't feel as stressed about those struggles as I used to probably six months ago or even a month ago.  I am finding prayer has helped alleviate the stress of whatever might come my way.  David was on the verge of losing his life.  Doesn't get much more stressful than that.  But he prayed.  His life was spared.  David's life was not easy and full of trouble but there is something to be said about his reliance on God through all of his troubles.  We read the Psalms and David pours his heart out before God but his trust in Him never waivers.  In Psalm 42, David asks "Why are you in despair, my soul? And why so disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him."  David's soul was downtrodden but He praised God anyway.

Reader, I don't know where you are it in your life right now.  You may be on a mountaintop. Praise God.  You may be in a valley. Again praise Him!   Our troubles may be many or few but whatever the case, think of David who even in the face of all his troubles said "for I shall again praise Him." May our attitude always be like that of David's who while evil surrounded him stated "But I am in prayer." Pray about it! Praise Him! Love y'all God bless.

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