Monday, May 13, 2019
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
Such wonderful images flow through these words of prayer! The writer has great confidence in God, knowing that as we call upon the Lord, so God will answer us. Incline your head, turn your ear as we pray, Lord, because you promise to listen when we pray with humble and repentant hearts.
When we pray, and I think just as importantly, when we are willing to listen to God as we pray, we may receive anew the wonders of God’s great love. I confess that my prayers can be one-sided at times. I put forth my requests or pleas for help, but I don’t take enough time to simply rest in God’s presence and wait to listen to God’s words to me. I miss out on the peace and assurance of God’s love because it’s like I have turned my back and walked away.
The psalmist speaks about how we by faith may find refuge from the wicked adversary in the shadow of God’s great wings. Think of a powerful eagle or soaring hawk and the breadth of its wingspan. We are like a small sparrow beside the might of a strong bird. We are insignificant beside our mighty God.
Yet God loves us, calls us the apple of his eye. God wants to protect us, care for us and give us the means to live in victory. All these resources are there for us as we pray. So today, join me to call on the Lord – in praise and confidence. Let us pray, knowing God loves us and wants to keep us safe. Let us pause and rest in the wonder of God’s great love.
Slow me down, Lord. Let me stop and listen and wait with expectation, for you are great, amazing beyond any words I could say. Let me praise you but not be so quick to go about my day, as if I have done my duty to you and need nothing more. Instead I want to walk with you and know you are there moment by moment, guiding me and protecting me and helping me. Open my heart to your presence, and I will be filled to overflowing. By your grace in Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.