Thursday: Psalm 86-88; Numbers 20.1-13; Hebrews 9.11-14

From: Alicia Elnagger

I love the psalms because they speak the feelings I have with the words that I don’t have. It is bold for David to ask the Lord to not only listen to his needs, but to respond to them. It is bold that he requests protection for his life, to have mercy shown, and to be blessed with joy. (Aren’t these things we desire also?) Then he describes himself as poor and needy, faithful, trusting, and completely dependent on God. I would have a hard time claiming those traits for myself! I’m certainly not always faithful, trusting, or depend on him completely.

How amazing is it that David can pray so boldly despite the situation he is in? He is speaking from a place of brokenness, distress, and desperation; a place we are all far too familiar with. In those moments we tend to trust in anything but God. We escape or hide behind our relationships, accomplishments, shopping (totally me), eating, worrying (also me), the media, politics, etc. But what better time to turn to God then when we are empty and needy? It is far better to give him our overwhelming feelings of loss, discouragement, and hopelessness because that is the empty space he can fill up with his goodness. David asked boldly to see the goodness of God; to be heard and known, to have action taken to meet his needs, to be protected, shown mercy, and blessed with joy.  Those are huge prayers! They are strong and confident, coming from a place of both desperation and security. They remind me who our God is, who we are in relationship with him, and ignite the desire to make his prayers my own. What season of life are you in? What are you actually trusting or depending on? Can we embrace our raw vulnerability and boldly seek God to fill the empty space? 

I am striving to live up to the honor of wife to Adam, former clinical social worker by day and cat rescuer by night, currently taking hiatus as we await the birth of our son in January. Amateur foodie, photographer, and organizer, who believes there is always more room for wine and clothes.