Well folks we’ve been thinking about Psalm 27 this week and maybe in this 10 minute devotion read verses 7-12, and ask the Lord to speak to you through them.
I wonder if we’re in danger of information overload at the moment. The radio alarm went off this morning and the first two words I heard in my semi conscious state (and no, it wasn’t at 10.30am) were “Northern Ireland and Covid19”. That’s 3 words but you get the point! Too much focus on any crisis and it begins to have an opposite effect. It makes us fearful, especially if living alone, and bedtime is not a good time to listen to bad news if you want a good night’s sleep. Take it from me.
It almost seems in the middle of praise verse 6 David lands back to earth with a bump and immediately his troubles threaten to overwhelm him again, and so the call of verse 7 results. Prayer is often the last thing we think of in a crisis and while that’s true individually, it’s always true nationally. Wasn’t it Alistair Campbell, Tony Blair’s spin doctor who interrupted Blair speaking about his faith in now famous words, “We don’t do God”. Not to be preachy about it but maybe 2 Chronicles 7:14 is something Christians need to put into the mix! David is desperate for God’s grace, but in verse 8 even before he asks God has already shown it.
Here’s a wee quiz question for you “Stop, look listen to your heart hear what it’s saying.” Who sang that and when? Tell you at the end! The point is though David does something like that, he stops and listens to his heart, it’s the internal voice as the Holy Spirit reminds him of grace and brings confidence verse 10. It’s not that his parents have rejected him but a way of saying that even though everyone else has abandoned him God welcomes him. Sometimes we just need to listen when God speaks to us as his Spirit reminds us of grace and assures us that there is a welcome when we return humbly. So, for that reason, he makes known his concern in verse 12. There it is in 3 C’s! 1. Call - seek his face. 2 Confidence - the Lord will receive me. 3 Concern - he makes known his request.
What’s on your heart today, the present threat of a virus and the danger and disruption it’s caused, something else a concern that’s personal to you for we’ve all the other stuff of everyday life to contend with as well. Have you tried to pray? If not let me suggest 3 steps. Call on the Lord, do so in confidence that he will hear, and then tell him the concern of your heart.
Oh yeah, the song. it was the Stylistics in 1971. Seems like yesterday! Scary!
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