In the Morning

Hear my prayer, O LORD,
Give ear to my supplications!
In Your faithfulness answer me. . .
~ Psalm 143:1 ~

Okay, I know today is Friday the 13th, but could someone have warned me that today was going to be an up, down, turn around, sit down, spin around, now fall down day?

black cloudsWas it the fact that it is Friday the 13th that disrupted this day, or was it just my flesh that got so exhausted by all the disruptions, that it, too, finally showed its ugly head? It was as if our sunny skies were covered by dark, ominous thunderheads; such a black mood for a day that held much promise.

We began our day by reading Psalm 13:

Trust in the Salvation of the LORD
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?
​​How long will You hide Your face from me?
​​How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
​​Having sorrow in my heart daily?
​​How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

​​Consider and hear me, O LORD my God;
​​Enlighten my eyes,
​​Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
​​“I have prevailed against him”;
​​Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

​​But I have trusted in Your mercy;
​​My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
​​I will sing to the LORD,
​​Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

When I scanned it, before reading it out loud, tears popped into my eyes because I saw it as God saying, “I know what’s in your mind and heart; I have heard the cry of your voice.”

In the midst of a heartfelt prayer for understanding, came Psalm 143 in the form of a song by the Maranatha! Singers, “In the Morning.” When I turned to Psalm 143, I saw the cry of a man who was in deep distress and despair, just as in Psalm 13.

An Earnest Appeal for Guidance and Deliverance
A Psalm of David.

Hear my prayer, O LORD,
​​Give ear to my supplications!
​​In Your faithfulness answer me,
​​And in Your righteousness.
Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
​​For in Your sight no one living is righteous.

For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
​​He has crushed my life to the ground;
​​He has made me dwell in darkness,
​​Like those who have long been dead.
​​Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
​​My heart within me is distressed.

I remember the days of old;
​​I meditate on all Your works;
​​I muse on the work of Your hands.
​​I spread out my hands to You;
​​My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah

Answer me speedily, O LORD;
​​My spirit fails!
​​Do not hide Your face from me,
​​Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
​​For in You do I trust;
​​Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
​​For I lift up my soul to You.

​​Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies;
​​In You I take shelter.
​​Teach me to do Your will,
​​For You are my God;
​​Your Spirit is good.
​​Lead me in the land of uprightness.

​​Revive me, O LORD, for Your name’s sake!
​​For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
In Your mercy cut off my enemies,
​​And destroy all those who afflict my soul;
​​For I am Your servant.

According to both of these Psalms, can we be so distressed and discouraged that we are overwhelmed by our circumstance and despair of it ever changing? Yes. But, God would have us turn to Him, especially when we do not understand the “why” behind our circumstance and do what David did in both these Psalms.

Well, it took us until this afternoon to beat the flesh back, rearrange our rumpled feathers, and love each other. I am so glad that our Lord Jesus is loving, patient, and forgiving! This is not a day I would like to ever repeat!

Thank You, Father, for helping us to get past our flesh-riddled day, and into forgiveness and love. May the rest of this day be a blessing to You and to us; in Jesus’ name, amen.

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