Welcome to week 7 of our Psalm 119 study. I am so excited that you are hanging in there because we are nearing the finish line! Only two more weeks left in this study…
This Psalm is just filled with emotion. The author holds nothing back. He praises God and he pours out his troubles and fear. He shares about God’s goodness and laments about the evils of his enemies. This poor man seems to be tossed all over the place emotionally, but one things that never changes is his trust in God. Never once do we see him shake his fist at God in anger, blame him, or give him the silent treatment. As a matter of fact, he talks to God about every little thing.
This Psalmist knows how to pray, and it’s what this first section of the week (vs. 145-152) is all about: prayer.
I love Spurgeon’s breakdown of these verses so I will share them with you…
Vs 145- How he prayed (with his whole heart)
vs 146 – What he prayed for (to be saved)
vs 147 – When he prayed (early morning)
vs 148 – How long he prayed (he prayed late into the night)
vs 149 – What he pleaded to God about (that God would hear him)
vs 150 – What was happened at the time of his prayer (his enemies were closing in)
vs 151- How he was rescued (By remembering that God is even closer than his enemies and that all of His words are true. No matter what happens to him in this life he knows that God holds his soul, which means that it is eternally secure).
vs – 152 – The result (he is encouraged because he knows that God’s word has been true since the beginning of time and will continue to be true forever.)
Prayer is so important and powerful, but we have a hard time really believing this. We often make praying our last resort. We talk things over with our friends before we talk things over with God.
In our marriages we think that nagging is stronger than prayer. And that our words will change our husbands instead of God’s powerful hand.
Even in my own personal life I see myself worry and stress and become anxious instead of praying without ceasing to a God who is my salvation.
Prayer is an amazing grace in our life. The fact that the almighty God – the King before whom we would automatically fall on our face because he is too glorious to look at – invites us to come into his presence through prayer is amazing. This God hears our quietest whispers and pays close attention to every word we say to him.
God uses prayer in ways that we don’t fully get. He uses prayer to bring about his purposes, to save, to heal, to protect, to comfort, to bring peace and joy.
Let’s make David’s prayer life an example for our own life. He talked to God about everything. He poured out his fears, frustration and confusion. He asked God for help, and in the end praised him for his greatness and for the fact that he hears us.
Looking To Jesus,
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WEEK 7 Video:
WEEK 7 Challenge:
Life is busy and I am forgetful. I am guessing that I am not alone here, so our challenge this week is to make a list of people we want to pray for regularly, as well as some things in our life that we worry or stress about. Think of a couple of creative ways to help remind yourself to pray throughout the day, and then start praying! 🙂
WEEK 7 Reading Plan
Week 7 Memory Verse