Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What if we could see inside?

In the movie "What Women Want", Mel Gibson begins to be able to hear what women think. At first it annoys him, then it is a terrific advantage, then he loses the "gift". The movie wasn't as hilarious as the plot would lead you to believe, but the idea was certainly interesting.

With most Bible stories we get the facts, but we don't get to listen in to the characters inner thinking, and reactions and fears.

In the story today, we get a rare treat. David, the poet, the song writer, gives us a song - a prayer - that reveals what he was experiencing inside. Saul is king, and Saul has martialled the army to kill David.

David is on the run - for his very life!

Read what he experienced inside, in the most private thoughts and prayers of his life...

Psalm 27

A psalm of David.

1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
2 When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.

4 "The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.

7 "Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
Be merciful and answer me!
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
9 Do not turn your back on me.
Do not reject your servant in anger.
You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord will hold me close.

11 "Teach me how to live, O Lord.
Lead me along the right path,
for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands.
For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
with every breath they threaten me with violence.
13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.

14 "Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord."

How different from our prayers, of "make me rich", "make me comfortable", "make me well"!

The most astonishing prayers to me are when a group is going overseas on a mission trip. The prayers are often, "make the travel safe", "keep everyone healthy", "don't let there be any delays in the flights" "may everyone have a good time".

Really? That's the most important thing to pray for?

Read Psalm 27 again. It might change your prayer life...

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