A praise song of David.
143 Lord, hear my prayer.
Listen to my call for help and answer my prayer.
Show me how good and loyal you are.
2 Don’t judge me, your servant.
No one alive could be judged innocent by your standards.
3 My enemies are chasing me.
They have crushed me into the dirt.
They are pushing me into the dark grave,
like people who died long ago.
4 I am ready to give up.
I am losing my courage.
5 But I remember what happened long ago.
I am thinking about all you have done.
I am talking about what you made with your hands!
6 I lift my hands in prayer to you.
I am waiting for your help, like a dry land waiting for rain.
7 Hurry and answer me, Lord!
I have lost my courage.
Don’t turn away from me.
Don’t let me die and become like the people lying in the grave.
8 Show me your faithful love this morning.
I trust in you.
Show me what I should do.
I put my life in your hands!
9 Lord, I come to you for protection.
Save me from my enemies.
10 Show me what you want me to do.
You are my God.
Let your good Spirit lead me over level ground.
11 Lord, let me live
so that people will praise your name.
Show me how good you are
and save me from my trouble.
12 Show me your love
and defeat my enemies.
Destroy those who are trying to kill me
because I am your servant.
It has been difficult for me to keep up with my blog recently. I even wonder if anyone is at all bothered about that…
But it has been difficult because the Lord seems to be taking me through a storm. Not literally, but in my life and in my thoughts, there is a storm raging. And it’s exhausting me.
I’ve started to pray through Psalm 143 as above. One thing I have learned in all these years as a Christian is that storms have been good for me. Not while I’m in the middle of them – but always afterwards there is a new thing in my life because some old things have been sorted out. God is good like that.
So I trust Jesus and only him to see this storm through. I hold onto his promises as I wait for the winds to decide which direction they want to settle on (i.e.. which path I should take) and while I wait for the lightening strikes to subside (i.e.. hopefully the problems being thrown my way will ease off.) The heavy rain is like all the emotions I feel as the storm rages; the emotions pour on me and soak me through. I’d like those to ease off please.
But I know that God uses the storms to clear the air and refresh the land.
I have been praying about the next steps for ‘includedbygrace’ for a long while now. I think God is wanting me to move into something new and develop it into more useful things for and with people with learning disabilities, so that they can learn more about Jesus in a way that is accessible.
If you read this (and can make any sense of it – and if you can’t – I shall have to try again to make it more sense-able!) could you write a comment or send me a message and tell me what ‘includedbygrace’ means to you, what you have got out of it and what you think it could do more of?