8 sep. 2018

O LORD, hear my prayer

The last few weeks I struggle with negative thoughts and bad memories. I translated a blogpost about Jehoshaphat for my blog and several times this week I thought: yes, this is how I experience it.

We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You! (2 Chronicles 20:12) 


Some situations are so complex. And there is someone who knows our weak spot. He attacks us when we are vulnerable. He suggests doubt, he stirs up evil thoughts, he darkens our minds, and in every way  he is seeking to loosen our hold on God

šŸ‘‰ Do you recognize that? Can you tell me how you have learned to handle it? 

This morning I read Today's Verse and that brought me back to the Bible. I read Psalm 143 and - how amazing -  it became my own personal prayer to God. So here is my decision: I take time to study Psalm 143. I ponder the work of His hands.
O LORD, hear my prayer. In Your faithfulness, give ear to my plea; in Your righteousness, answer me ... for the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has smitten my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. Psalm 143:1-3


David feels himself broken off from all created beings. On this earth every kind of refuge is for him lost (the expression is like Job 11:20). There is no one there who should ask after or care for his soul, and should right earnestly exert himself for its deliverance. Thus, then, despairing of all visible things, he cries to the Invisible One. He is his "refuge" (Psalm 91:9) and his "portion" (Psalm 16:5; Psalm 73:26), the share in a possession that satisfies him. To be allowed to call Him his God - this it is which suffices him and outweighs everything. For JHWH is the Living One, and he who possesses Him as his own finds himself thereby "in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13; Psalm 52:7). He cannot die, he cannot perish. (Source: Keil & Delitzsch Commentary)

Also sharing this blog: Psalm 143 - dealing with depression. Read Krisan's story! She writes: This Psalm is about that deep dark black pit of knowing I failed — again — and finding hope. Read Krisan's story!

šŸ‘‰ Are you finding God in the Psalms?

10 opmerkingen:

  1. I find that when hard places come my way and I turn my eyes to God, I am helped. I am lifted. I am supported. "...our eyes are upon You!" (2 Chronicles 20:12) Thankfully, I do not know a whole lot about depression. But I know enough about life's sad encounters that my first impulse is to turn my spiritual eyes on Him when sad things happen. I always find Him waiting for me as I run to Him.

  2. Wat buigt gij u neder, o mijn ziel! en wat zijt gij onrustig in mij? Hoop op God, want ik zal Hem nog loven; Hij is de menigvuldige Verlossing mijns aangezichts, en mijn God!
    'k Zal Zijn lof, zelfs in de nacht, zingen daar ik HEM verwacht

  3. When satan tries to remind me of everything I have done wrong, remind him of everything Jesus did RIGHT on my behalf.

    1. Thank you so much Karen. I want to blog about that once. About all those things that Jesus has done for us!

  4. I find I do better if I avoid watching the horrible things on the news, also angry things, even watching a sorrowful or raging comedian on youtube, for example. It all goes in and we start to live in what we choose to take in.

    1. That is a good idea: avoid watching horrible things. Thank you.

  5. This post was for me today. Thank you for sharing it. I am struggling with negative impacts on my heart and spirit lately, from people, media, social media, etc. and I am having to pull back and retreat from the world a bit for a while. I am only visiting my trusted friends here in "blogland", and I find such joy and peace here. Thank you for being a part of my world of happiness.