There has been much waiting in this season, and as I recite my verses, I tend to linger on verse 19, “I am a sojourner on the earth…”
This week found me leaning into the beginning of this week’s verses, “My soul clings to the dust…”
When everything feels uncertain, when you are in the in-between spaces – when prayers have been prayed and the answer is delayed…when you are driving down a side road and trying to hold back the tears while your husband whispers beside you, “What can we be thankful for right now?“
When you find out the van you drive is in need of an important repair, and leaving before that repair happens would mean being stranded between one country and another…
When you discover on a day when every child states their boredom that one of them has lice and *everything* needs washing and cleaned and combed through…
When you discover that a gift given at the beginning of the week means coverage for said vehicle…
When the friend, who has opened his home and his heart to our family as we wait, presses into the cleaning and runs laundry while I run a comb through 6 heads of hair and the sweetest husband whispers reassurance to the tired littlest one…
When the email you send again to a Member of Parliament to inquire into a passport status is met with kindness and compassion…
When you finish your scripture reading for the morning and open the app to the promise that *nothing* will overwhelm you because God Himself is with you…
You can’t help but praise.
My soul may cling to the dust at times, but through – and because of – Jesus, I rise. Through Him and His Word I remember to petition the Throne of Heaven…again… with prayer and thanksgiving and find His peace truly does surround and guard.
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I’m including Matthew Henry’s commentary on these two verses below – a beautiful reminder that “God’s word must be our guide and plea in every prayer.”
I. David’s complaint. We should have thought his soul soaring to heaven; but he says himself, My soul not only rolls in the dust, but cleaves to the dust, which is a complaint either,
II. His petition for relief, and his plea to enforce that petition: “Quicken thou me according to thy word. By thy providence put life into my affairs, by thy grace put life into my affections; cure me of my spiritual deadness and make me lively in my devotion.’ Note, When we find ourselves dull we must go to God and beg of him to quicken us; he has an eye to God’s word as a means of quickening (for the words which God speaks, they are spirit and they are life to those that receive them), and as an encouragement to hope that God would quicken him, having promised grace and comfort to all the saints, and to David in particular. God’s word must be our guide and plea in every prayer.
We have here,
1. The great intimacy and freedom that had been between David and his God. David had opened his case, opened his very heart to God: “I have declared my ways, and acknowledged thee in them all, have taken thee along with me in all my designs and enterprises.’ Thus Jephthah uttered all his words, and Hezekiah spread his letters, before the Lord. “I have declared my ways, my wants, and burdens, and troubles, that I meet with in my way, or my sins, my by-ways (I have made an ingenuous confession of them), and thou heardest me, heardest patiently all I had to say, and tookedst cognizance of my case.’ It is an unspeakable comfort to a gracious soul to think with what tenderness all its complaints are received by a gracious God, 1 Jn. 5:14, 15.
2. David’s earnest desire of the continuance of that intimacy, not by visions and voices from heaven, but by the word and Spirit in an ordinary way: Teach me thy statutes, that is, Make me to understand the way of thy precepts. When he knew God had heard his declaration of his ways he did not say, “Now, Lord, tell me my lot, and let me know what the event will be;’ but, “Now, Lord, tell me my duty; let me know what thou wouldst have me to do as the case stands.’ Note, Those who in all their ways acknowledge God may pray in faith that he will direct their stepsin the right way. And the surest way of keeping up our communion with God is by learning his statutes and walking intelligently in the way of his precepts. See 1 Jn. 1:6, 7.