Monday, January 12th

Monday, January 12th

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5-8

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord. Psalm 40:1-4A

In these days in which we live there is a significant emphasis given to a holistic approach to life. This means that when we consider human beings for some particular purpose we must take into account the physical, the cognitive, the emotional, and the spiritual aspects of people. The Psalmist above is talking about prayer and it is interesting that he begins by advocating a holistic approach to it. This means that like the Psalmist I should come before the Lord in prayer with "all that I am." Prayer is how our relationship with God happens. To "wait" on the Lord is another way to speak of "relying" on the Lord. So, we come before God with all that we are in order to focus on him and all that he is so that he can help us be all he desires us to be.

We have much to learn about how to be before God in prayer. It is good to begin by expressing to God over and over again that you believe that he truly is right there before you. More and more you will experience the reality of his presence but it takes time and practice. The more we experience God's presence in prayer, the more he becomes to us all the things the Psalmist talks about in today's Scripture passages. Pick out a couple of the Psalmist's expressions of what God is to him and say them to God over and over again. Then do like the Psalmist and pour out your heart to God. Talk to God openly and honestly about all that is there in your heart. Tell God you believe he is helping you. Tell him you believe he is hearing you and responding to you. Tell him you believe he is lifting you up and out of any despair (mud and mire). Tell him you believe he is setting your feet on solid ground and steadying you for the walk of life that lies before you today. But remember when you get up from prayer you don't walk away from God, you walk with him in the intimacy of his presence, his love, and his strength.

Lord, give me a new song to sing, the song that comes from the heart of one who is willing to pursue a vital prayer relationship with you. Help me to be willing to pursue a vital prayer relationship with you. Help me to seek you in prayer on a daily basis. Help me to abide in the reality of your presence moment by moment throughout each day. For today, grant me a sense of hope that this will be a day in which I (all that I am) truly know the joys of those who trust the Lord.


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