The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer.Psalm 6:9, New Living Translation
Psalm 6 starts as a bit of a sad story, evidently David is not having a good day. Yet he turn it round to faith by the end of 10 short verses. I find faith a tricky thing at times. When things are going well it’s all to easy to become complacent, thinking you’re doing well on your own. When things are going bad, my first reaction is what can I do to fix this, not how can I trust God in this situation. It’s only when something goes really wrong that I’m straight to God.
Throughout the current Coronavirus Pandemic, there’s been a lot of people turning to God in prayers, whether they’re Christians or otherwise. There’s something in us that recognizes that there is a point where we simply can’t do it on our own. I need to become someone who doesn’t need that threshold to know and act in a way that trusts God above all else, even me. I think this quote from Pete Greig sums it up well.
The good bit is we know that God will listen and hear us, no matter how much we waffle or how mundane we feel we must sound. This isn’t one of those things where we get to fix it once and call it job done. This is a daily choice to submit to God, putting his will and strength so far above our own that we just abandon our own.
Thank you God that you always listen and always hear us. Thank that your way is so much better than our own, even when we don’t see it. Today I put aside my own will and choose yours instead. Lead me in your way. Amen.