“I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.” (Psalm 116:1)
I must make a small confession, beloved reader. A small confession; and if any harm has been done, it is very minor. In my zeal seeing a passage on wisdom, I did not realize that the passage from the Wisdom of Solomon was cited as an alternate Psalm passage as opposed to an Old Testament passage – as I assumed it was. It has been my pattern to start out the week with the Old Testament, move to the Epistles, and then finish the week with Gospel and the Psalms. It is when I went looking for the Psalm passage that I realized my error. What to do? Change the passage or the category? Or continue on, and break a pattern?
“Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.” (Verses 2 – 3)
My situation was not as dire as the psalmist. Not even close! However, it does seem lately that I have come up against some unfortunate incidents and oops. As the psalmist did . . . .
“Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, save my life!” (Verse 4)
There is gift and blessing, beloved reader, in knowing when you should just lift up your hands to the Divine and ask for help. Or intervention. Or wisdom in knowing how to proceed.
“Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful. The LORD protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.” (Verses 5 – 6)
In times of real need and distress, I have tried to make it a practice to present my situation to the Lord God, and then with faith and assurance see what the Divine will do and make out of the situation. Most times the outcome is better than I could have hoped or dreamed. And those times when the outcome is hard to face and handle, I have been given assurance that the Lord God is with me.
“Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I walk before the LORD in the land of the living.” (Verses 7 – 9)
I wish you were here with me, beloved reader, so we could sit and talk. We could our circumstances and our stories, and then pray for one another. And then when that path we are to take and the outcome of our situation and circumstances are clear, we could praise the Lord God together! Shalom & Selah!