Sunday, January 17, 2010

How do you spell relief? - January 17, 2010

Psalm 55:1-2,16-17,22 (New International Reader's Version)1 God, listen to my prayer. Pay attention to my cry for help. 2 Hear me and answer me. My thoughts upset me. I'm very troubled. 16 But I call out to God. And the Lord saves me. 17 Evening, morning and noon I groan and cry out. And he hears my voice. 22 Turn your worries over to the Lord. He will keep you going. He will never let godly people fall.

How do you spell relief when you are having difficulties and having a difficult time. Yesterday we discussed how Jesus carries us and teaches us during these times. This is not something new to God. Since He created this planet and everything in it, He has cared for His creation. He especially has cared for us, whom He created in His own image.

I love how the Bible carries its message across 1400 years of writings from men that were inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. In these verses of Psalms, written by David several hundred years before Jesus walked the planet, David appeals to God for relief from the difficulties that he was experiencing from King Saul. King Saul was the first king of Israel, but he had lost favor with God. Because of this God had appointed David to be the next ruler of His people, Israel. Although David respected God's King Saul greatly, Saul was jealous in losing the favor of God, and jealous that God and the people had begun to favor David. This Psalm was written as an appeal to God for help.

As you go through your day today, reflect on these words from David. For relief of what may worry you today, turn them over to God in prayer.

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