"Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing."
verse 1 Seems that a lot of my time lately has been spent
"sighing" - and there are many "sighs" ... frustration, loneliness, irritation, pain, the sigh of surrender - that's mine most of all lately!
Just sighing to surrender myself and my life into the hands of a merciful God!
It is all too much for me!
"In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the
morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."
verse 3 I have been getting up *early* these last few weeks. Anywhere from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Wake up, can't go back to sleep - so, I get up and I come to the computer.
I have a prayer journal that I started years ago. And morning by morning, I pour my heart out to the Lord.
I do not think that God needs those written words, nor even my spoken words - for God knows my heart. He hears my voice - no matter what form it is in.
What do I expect when I pray?
Do I expect God to give me everything I have requested? NO.
Do I even expect God to give me anything I have requested? YES. What is for my best and will bring Him the greatest glory.
Does that always make me happy? NO. I am far too much "me"! I want my own way too often.
I struggle to trust the Lord with all my heart and life.
I am learning to expect GOD when I pray. To expect His Presence in my life. To empty me of "me" - that He might fill me to overflowing with Himself!
"But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house ..."
verse 7a The picture in my mind here is from the movie about Esther. When she came into the king's presence unannounced, uninvited. Knowing that the king could kill her for such.
Yet, when the king looked up and saw it was her - he stretched out his scepter in mercy and love and beckoned her to "come". She ran - fell at his feet and petitioned her king. So, I run to my Father!
"Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies - make straight your way before me."
verse 8 We have enemies all around us - maybe we actually see them and hear them, and maybe we don't. There is a spiritual battle taking place that we don't see or hear. Lord, I *need* your way made straight before me! Don't let me miss one step!
"But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield."
verses 11 & 12 What a comfort and strength to go into the day with these words ringing in my heart and mind and spirit!
O Father God! Abba!!!!!