"Raised Up and Comforted" - Saturday, August 27th

"Raised Up and Comforted" - Saturday, August 27th

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to You I cry all day long. Make glad the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul ….  I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever. For Your lovingkindness toward me is great …. O God, arrogant men have risen up against me, and a band of violent men have sought my life, and they have not set You before them. Turn to me, and be gracious to me; oh grant Your strength to Your servant, and save the son of Your handmaid. Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because You, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me. Psalm 86:3-4, 12-13A, 14, 16-17

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

In our “Devotional Set” this week we have been looking to the Psalms for help with seeking God in the best possible way, particularly in regard to difficult relationships and experiences with tough people. When we are in the habit of depending on people to keep us lifted “up,” being surrounded by tough people who are pulling us down becomes a significant problem. We must become like the Psalmist in today’s Scripture, who learned the vital spiritual discipline of routinely “lifting up of his soul to God” We really do have a lot to learn about seeking God in the best possible way, don’t we? Hopefully, our look at the Psalms this week will have really helped us in this regard.

Psalm 86 above, helps us focus on the comfort God brings to those who are truly learning to depend on him. We see this in phrases like: “make glad the soul of Your servant,” “Your lovingkindness toward me is great,” and “You, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.” When we “lift up our soul to God,” He graciously “lifts us up” in these wonderful ways. David’s response to God for his help and comfort is this: “I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever.” David asked God to be gracious in regard to helping him be “up” and God did so right in the middle of experiencing bad things from tough people. David says, “O God, arrogant men have risen up against me, and a band of violent people have sought my life, and they have not set You before them.”

It is at this point that David for the second time in his prayer to God, asks Him to be gracious: “Turn to me, and be gracious to me; oh grant Your strength to Your servant, and save the son of Your handmaid. Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed.” David is squared away in his soul because he is depending on God for the state of his inner being. He is now asking God for daily strength to face and handle whatever comes to him from the enemies that have risen up against him. David also asks God to show him a sign for good. David wants God to intervene by making His involvement in David’s life obvious to his enemies. David believes that when they see God’s involvement in his life (helped and comforted him) they will be ashamed for what they have done to him and will stop doing it. This is because they will that realize that rising up against David to do him harm means they have been rising up against God all along as well. It is wonderful that God is with us as well and that he is always at work in our lives. He really is enough.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, Be gracious to me. Make glad the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever. For Your lovingkindness toward me is great. Turn to me, and be gracious to me; oh grant Your strength to Your servant. You, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me. Amen!

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