Thursday, May 19, 2011

Psalm 143

1 LORD, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land.

7 Answer me quickly, LORD;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, LORD,
for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, LORD, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.

Questions to consider:

  • What characteristics of God might lead him to come to the aid of the author?
  • What do you think it means for the author's "spirit to grow faint within [him]"?
  • What does it mean to you to "thirst" for God?
Possibilities for prayer:

This past Sunday at ECV, we sang the song "We Are Hungry." One of the lines of the song says "we are thirsty for more of you." It's kind of cool to think that an idea or expression that was used thousands of years ago in prayer, praise, and worship is still used today in our contemporary worship songs. Take some time to think about what it means to be thirsty for more of God in your life. Does that statement (however you define it) feel true in your life? Today, make that your prayer. Ask God for more of his presence in your life and declare your "thirst" for God.