In Psalm 143, David is writing as a man in turmoil. He has an enemy who has “pursued his soul,” making him feel as if his life has been “crushed … to the ground” and his spirit is fainting.
All of us, at times, can relate to how David was feeling. We all face an unseen enemy. Our alarm clock goes off and suddenly it feels like we’ve woken up in a warzone with life’s circumstances breathing down our necks. Instantly, we can feel the pressure of stress starting to pound on the doors of our lives.
So, what did David do whenever he was facing those overwhelming realities of life? He stopped. He took a deep breath. And he prayed. Listen to David as he calls out to the Lord:
“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:8 – ESV)
Like David, the best way for us to start each day is with prayer … seeking to hear from the One that we can trust to lead us through the day.
First, David focused on God’s “steadfast love” to steady his thoughts. We, too, can choose to rest in the loving arms of God, truly embracing the strong reality that He will never let us go. It’s in God that we trust. Not the hottest news story, nor the latest best-selling book, nor the lies whispered to us by our enemy. God tells us that we are His own. God is the one that we believe.
Next, David asks God to lead him. Whenever we’re asking where to go or what to do, we can join David in offering this simple prayer: “Make me know the way I should go, for to you I life up my soul.” Because God is the One who knows the way, we can surrender our will to Him and refuse to keep trying to control our own world. He is our God. This is His world. And so, we lift up our souls to Him.
David’s prayer is an expression of hope of the deepest kind. First, it inspires us to revel in the wonder of God’s love. Then it humbles us with the truth that we never stop needing Him. God offers us His definitive, rock-solid demonstration of unfailing love and faithfulness. He has His grip on us. We can enjoy His nearness and grace as we hold on to the promise of His wise guidance to know the way we should go.
FriendsKids Kinder-3rd Grade Associate