Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 28, 2018
By Tripp Prince
My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God…At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me. Psalm 69:3b, 13b (NRSV)
There are seasons of life in which God seems closer than a best friend. We know he is near and receive the gift of his presence with joy and thanksgiving. You may find yourself in this place this very moment, and for that you can give thanks. However, many of us today wake up to incredible heartache, grief, and loss, and wonder why God seems so distant and absent from our pain and grief.
One of my favorite things about the Psalms is their ability to express the full range of human emotion. Within the same book of the Bible you find the highest of heights and the lowest of lows. There we find unspeakable joy, affection, and delight, as well as severe anger, inconsolable grief, and seemingly unanswered prayers. In today’s psalm, we find steadfast hope and trust in the face of heartache, fear, and doubt.
Do you have prayers that you’ve prayed your entire life yet still struggle to see God’s hand at work? Prayers for healing from long-term illness and chronic pain. Prayers for the salvation of a lost family member or co-worker. Prayers for reconciliation of a relationship that was once close yet has been strained or broken for decades. You may find yourself resonating with the words from Psalm 69 today: “My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.”
When we find ourselves in this place, we are faced with a significant decision. Do we doubt God’s goodness and faithfulness and stop praying and trusting as a result, or do we persevere with courage and deep faith, trusting that he is good and will never abandon his people or his promises. When faced with this decision, the psalmist prays a profound prayer that each of us can pray as well. “At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me.”
This prayer acknowledges God’s timing is perfect and isn’t always aligned with our preferred timetable. It acknowledges that in God there is a great abundance of steadfast love. His posture towards us is goodness, faithfulness and love. And if this is true, we have faith that God hears and answers our prayers.
PrayerWe close in prayer today with the powerful words from Aaron Keyes’ song, Sovereign Over Us: “Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us. You're with us in the fire and the flood. Faithful forever, Perfect in love. You are sovereign over us.”
ApplicationWhat prayers have you given up on praying that you need to continue to pray with perseverance and hope?
Related ReadingGalatians 6:9; Ephesians 6:18; James 1:2
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