GPS: July 25

By July 25, 2014Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

 

Psalm 20

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!  The name of the God of Jacob protect you!

May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.

May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.  Selah

May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.

May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners.  May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.

Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.

They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.

Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call. 

Food For Thought:

The line that sticks out in this passage for me is “The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!”  As a pastor, I have had countless conversations with people about whether God answers our prayers.  It is an interesting theological question.  I think God listens to our prayers and responds but often times, it is not the response we are looking for.  I think we want God to answer our prayers in the way in which we imagine and when the answer is different, it is problematic for us.  I think of the image of God as the perfect parent.  A perfect parent doesn’t say yes to every single one of their child’s request.  Sometimes the answer is maybe.  Sometimes the answer is we will have to see.  Sometimes the answer is no and you can see the pain and frustration welling up in your child.  Like a good parent, God wants to hug and comfort us in that moment of pain and frustration but God still wants us to know that the answer is no.

Prayer:

Mighty God, to you belong the mysteries of the universe.  You transform shepherds into kings, the smallest seeds into magnificent trees, and hardened hearts into loving ones.  Bless us with your life-giving Spirit, re-create us in your image, and shape us to your purposes, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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