Saturday, May 23, 2015

I Want Answers!

Hello Friends,

This morning as I went through my email, I found the “verse of the day” from a radio station I listen to. 

Psalm 143:8 (ESV)
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul

Then I looked it up and read it from several other versions. I like to do that, just to see how it looks from another perspective. This is how verses 7-10 read from The Message.

Hurry with your answer, God!
I’m nearly at the end of my rope.
Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me!
That would be certain death.
If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice,
I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.
Point out the road I must travel;
I’m all ears, all eyes before you.
Save me from my enemies, God
you’re my only hope!
Teach me how to live to please you,
because you’re my God.
Lead me by your blessed Spirit
into cleared and level pastureland.

Just from those verses, it is obvious David is in distress and is begging God for answers. It is possible this is one of the times in David’s life when Saul is pursuing David, trying to kill him. 

After I read just these few verses, my curiosity got the best of me, and I had to read the entire chapter. It’s not long, 12 verses. Please take the time to read it, and read it in more than one version. I think it will give you a better feel for David’s angst. Then for, even while he is praying, how God comforts him, and reminds him of how God has always been there for David.

This passage was just what I needed today. I don’t know about you, but I have things I’ve been struggling with for a long time, and I hear myself saying to God, “Hurry up, answer me! Hasn’t this gone on long enough? I really need an answer here.”  As I read this Psalm, God was reminding me. “Angie, I am here every morning when you wake up. It’s my voice you hear. I am the one who allows you to sleep peacefully. I am guiding you. I am watching out for you. Just trust me.”

For many years, I have struggled with health issues, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It keeps me almost house-bound, at times. There are times I get very frustrated and wonder why God doesn’t make me better. But I know, He has a plan for me, while I’m home, in pain, unable to be doing what I think is important. So day by day, hour by hour, I am trying to follow David and Psalm 143. I want to remember who is always there for me, who has my path laid out for me, who is the one fighting for me…God! Why? Because I have committed my life to Him!

Living in Grace,