Saturday, April 10, 2010

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 13

Jenny has begun a journey of praying her way through the Psalms that I have decided to join. Each weekend, we will pray through one psalm and post our prayer and/or meditations on that psalm as the Lord leads. Check out her journey and join us in Praying the Psalms.

Psalm 13

It's a matter of the will, isn't it?  Trusting.  Rejoicing.  Singing.  Remembering His goodness. I could pray every verse 1-4 of this Psalm without having to change a word to fit my circumstances.  We all have valleys of sorrow and wrestling and defeat.  Times and places when we are hard pressed to see God.  Circumstances when we feel forgotten and wonder if our prayers are bouncing back off the ceiling.

BUT.  Isn't that a wonderful word?  Immediately, the mind anticipates a change when it hears the word. 
"But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation.                                  I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me."  Psalm 13: 5-6
It's precisely in our valleys, our wrestling and our defeat that we learn to trust Him.  When we cannot see God and are almost certain He has forgotten us, we learn to sing and rejoice.  It's only when we are hard pressed on every side and afraid our Enemy is declaring victory, we are given the opportunity to offer the sweet sacrifice of praise in remembering His goodness.  It's a matter of the will, isn't it?
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  Hebrews 11:1

4 comments:

Colleen said...

Hi Natalie! I'm Colleen. This post was encouraging, thank you for sharing. It's so true that trusting and rejoicing in Him are deliberate actions that we have to remind ourselves to take, even though they should come naturally. But He definitely teaches us how in those valleys.

I'm attending the Relevant Conference also, so I'm stopping by to say hello. :)

Colleen said...

Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. This was a beautiful reflection. And I agree, many times it is an act of the will to believe and know that God is present and loving us through the dark times. God bless!

Anne said...

You are so right, "but" is a wonderful word! I love your insight!

Jenny said...

Thank you for your insight and meditation on this beautiful Psalm. I am learning, please God, I am learning...

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