I thought it would be awesome to share today's devo while we're in Haiti. Today, from far away, I would love for you to be praying along with us...
Read Psalm 69
In first Samuel, God calls the writer of the 69th Psalm - David - “a man after his own heart.” And, while David had many noteworthy attributes and accomplishments (for example, he single-handedly killed a bear and a lion who were attacking his sheep), perhaps most noteworthy was the way he poured out himself in prayer to God. In fact, The majority of the book of Psalms is made up of poems, hymns, and prayers written by David, demonstrating his commitment to draw near to God. And, Psalms is by far the largest book in the Bible, with 150 chapters of brutally honest, sometimes desperate, fear, sadness, joy, heartbreak, and hope. Perhaps David was called a man after God’s own heart because he got real with God, and because God desires intimacy with us.
David pours out his heart to God. He tells God everything that he’s going through, everything he’s afraid of, and exactly how he feels. He expresses to God the situations that seem unfair to him, and doesn’t even seem to spare God his exaggeration. He shares his whole heart with God like he would with his best friend. Even through God knows everything David is going through, David chooses to be honest with God, and to offer Him his time.
David is honest with God, but he also chooses to speak truth, praise, and worship God in the midst of struggles. David explains that he understands the goodness and faithfulness of God, and that God is loving and kind. David also expresses the greatness of God, and His worthiness of praise. David’s discourse toward God is not only raw and genuine, but it is also reverent. David understands that God is on the throne, but that our loving Father also wants closeness with us.
Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
First, In the passage, underline the text where David shares his heart. Circle the text where David speaks truth about God. Star the texts where David praises God.
Second, write out your heart. What are you struggling with? What are you worried about? What are you thankful for? How do you feel? What are the truths you know about God that can speak into what you’re experiencing today? How can you praise God for who He is today? Write out your responses.
Third, spend time in raw, genuine, pour-your-heart-out prayer.
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