Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 58

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 58

Since Saturday afternoon, I have been trying to understand this Psalm, to meditate on it and to walk away from it with some sense of how to apply it to my life.  David's prayers, while full of a raw honesty that I admire, are sometimes such a far cry from Jesus' teaching on loving those who hate us, blessing those who curse us, etc. that I have a hard time relating to them.  Psalm 58 is just such a prayer.

So, now it is Wednesday and I am still not sure what to take away from this desperate prayer.  Perhaps because I have never been in such dire circumstances, I cannot understand David's cry.  What I do understand, though, is my own sinfulness.  I am aware of how I can harbor bitterness and ill will in my heart toward others.  And I have the full counsel of God.  I know what Jesus has said about these sins.   

I also remember how His love covers a multitude of sins and how He looks at our hearts and how He sees the need hidden beneath the sin.  And I receive the same grace that He gave David.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Natalie, I wondered where you were. I too had a hard time reconciling this Psalm with the teachings of our Lord. I appreciate your thoughtful consideration of the Psalm at hand.

I just realized after all this time I have not followed you yet. I'm your newest follower!


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