WHAT WE NEED IN THE DARKNESS

August 29, 2018

We all have those moments. Times when we do not know what to do or where to go. 

Sometimes it is just a decision we are making. Or enemies that have surrounded us. Or tough circumstances. At other times, it's something else ... a distance from God. A sense that we have drifted and we're not even sure how, but we are missing the intimacy we once enjoyed with Him.

David was in this place in Psalm 43. We don't know the particulars, but it was such that it caused Him to cry out in this Psalm. His soul was in despair. He felt rejected. He was mourning. He was oppressed by his enemies.

 So, what did David do? He prayed.

HIS PRAYER

O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling places. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God. (Psalm 43:3-4)

Notice what he asked God for at this dark time (and what should we ask for when we encounter the same).

LIGHT AND TRUTH TO LEAD ME

David needed light to see the path and truth to see the right path. He admits his inability to find the way on his own. So, he humbly cries out to God. And God ALWAYS hears the prayer of humility and dependency. God will always give light and truth to those who seek Him.

FOR GOD HIMSELF

But notice this all-important part of the prayer. He was not simply praying for independent direction. He was praying for God Himself. He wanted to go to God's ""holy hill and to (God's) dwelling places ... to GOD my exceeding joy."" 

David knew that everything flows from the presence of the Lord. What He needed was God. Nothing less would do. And, he knew enough about God to know that God would disclose Himself. That he could experience God, and when he did, would have all he needed!

Where are you turning in your despair and disconnection? Don't run to any THING; run to God Himself!




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Graceful Truth

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?  THE POWER OF BIBLICAL SELF-AWARENESS
DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE? THE POWER OF BIBLICAL SELF-AWARENESS

October 19, 2020

How do you see yourself? A mature man has come to the humble knowledge that he is nothing without Christ and everything with Christ. He is a mere branch on a glorious Vine, but he has been fearfully and wonderfully and uniquely made by the Creator, designed for great achievements by God’s grace. This wise balance allows him to live powerfully, but dependently in life.

Continue Reading

DO YOU HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING?
DO YOU HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING?

October 16, 2020

We spend our lives trying to gain certain things and are full of joy when we get them. Our first car, our first job, our first home. Reputation and prestige and influence. The list is long. But, is it possible to have all those things and not have the most important thing?  Here’s what the Apostle Paul said:

Continue Reading

YOUR DIVINE ABILITY TO HELP OTHERS
YOUR DIVINE ABILITY TO HELP OTHERS

October 15, 2020

If you are a true believer, God has given you a spiritual gift(s) at the moment of your salvation. A spiritual gift is a "God-given, supernatural ability for service." It is different from a natural talent, but talents can be the vehicle through which some gifts operate at times. Spiritual gifts are designed by God to shape and empower our role in the Kingdom of God.

Continue Reading