“Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.” (Psalms 119:149)
The psalmist is praying in today’s voice, and there is something special about how he is going about it.
His prayer is audible.
You and I both know when we quit praying with our heart and get to calling out with our voices, we are getting down to business.
There are times though when we rush to God with a faulty idea of His Power. We view it through human eyes and don’t give Him the honor or respect that He deserves. I think we forget we are talking to the One Who is allowing our lungs to expand with air and our voice box to vibrate to make the sound as we say, “Dear Heavenly Father…”
John the Baptist is a good example of someone who understood WHO Jesus was:
John acknowledged the Position of Christ.
The book of John tells us that John the Baptist was out baptizing and preaching beyond Jordan. He is addressing a large crowd and refers to Christ as the One that was preferred before him and whose shoe lachet he was unworthy to unloose.
John acknowledged the Person of Christ.
When he saw Jesus, the One he had been telling people about, coming towards him, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God”
John acknowledged the Power of Christ.
Then he said, “which taketh away the sin of the world.”
That is a good example for us to remember when we come aside to pray.
I know that sometimes we are in a hurry and have an immediate need, but it should not make us address the Lord with a superior voice as if we are talking to an employee or subordinante. We should always remember Who He really is. He deserves to be exalted and that can only happen if we are humbled.
In today’s verse the psalmist is crying out with his voice and shows some REAL faith as he completely trusts God to deal with him in the right way; in God’s lovingkindness and God’s own judgment.
Most of the time we TELL God how to deal with us in a way WE think would be best, but this verse shows us true trust.
Think about the most pressing situation you are praying about in your life right now.
Ask yourself if you are trying to guide the situation yourself by pretending to pray and trust God.
If you are, you aren’t alone, I am right there with you. It’s okay, we can correct it this morning!
Let’s go to God remembering Who He is and then let’s trust Him by taking our hands off the control panel and tell Him we want Him to deal with us and our situation in His lovingkindness and to quicken (help us live) according to HIS WORD and HIS Judgement.
In other words, let’s ask God to take over and do what He sees best.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
For further study, look at these verses in Acts 4 concerning the prayer of the early church:
“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:24-31)
They prayed and God heard them. I absolutely love this!