Psalm 4:1: “Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”
Oh my! Isn’t that first sentence a little snarky?!
And that’s coming directly from David’s mouth at the start of his prayer. David—the guy who is always described as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).
But I guess it points out exactly what I was trying to explain in a section of this web site that I was writing content for yesterday: That God can take whatever we dish out: that He loves it when we bring Him our deepest needs in whatever form they spew out of our mouths.
Good morning, Father. How I love reading the Psalms!
I’d heard years ago that when people are just starting out reading the Bible, the Book of Psalms is a great one to begin with because it was written by people, mostly David, just crying out to You.
Prayers of desperation, prayers of praise, prayers of fear and anger and awe and joy…. It’s all there. Raw.
I love it. Because it shows us we’re not alone. That others have been sitting right where we’re at. And that You stayed with them through it all, no matter what awful things they’d done, no matter that they yell at You in their prayers.
So today I just thank You for David. He’s my second-favorite guy of the Bible, right behind Paul. And then there’s Jonah who is so much like me. I can’t wait to meet all of them.
If you could keep loving them, there’s surely hope for me.
Thank You for Your never-ending love and faithfulness to all of us who don’t deserve such grace. Let that grace flow through me to others. Amen.