Sunday, November 14, 2010

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 44

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.

I love how God's Word is timeless.  Speaking figuratively, we could pray all these words, could we not?  Not of our physical enemies, at least here, in the land of the free.  But certainly of the Enemy of our souls:
"You are my King and my God,
   who decrees victories for Jacob.
Through you we push back our enemies;
   through your name we trample our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,
   my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory over our enemies,
   you put our adversaries to shame.
In God we make our boast all day long,
   and we will praise your name forever."  Psalm 44: 5-8
And the hard truth is that we can also lament as the Israelites did.  He will allow pain, suffering, trials and tests.  And He will also allow our honest response to these.
"But now you have rejected and humbled us;
   you no longer go out with our armies.
You made us retreat before the enemy,
   and our adversaries have plundered us."  Psalm 44: 9-10 
"We are brought down to the dust;
   our bodies cling to the ground.
Rise up and help us;
   rescue us because of your unfailing love."  Psalm 44: 26
It's hard to describe (or understand, for that matter) the season of my faith right now.  I have seen growth and victory in some areas while in the midst of defeat and despair in other areas of my walk.  But I have refused to walk away from Him.  I am caught in His grace.  I will continue to call on Him to rise up and rescue me, even as I am brought down to the dust, my body clinging to the ground.


Heidi... said...

That is a beautiful prayer!

Natalie said...

Thanks Heidi!

Barbara said...

I love your last paragraph. Especially being caught in His grace. I hope I stay caught!

Natalie said...

Me, too, Barbara!


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