The Plea

Psalm 141:1-2 CSB                                                                     

Lord, I call on You; hurry to help me. Listen to my voice when I call on You.

David personal relationship with God began when he was a shepherd keeping his Fathers flock. David said “The Lord is my shepherd” [Psalm 23:1]

David said Lord, I call on You” for help and not the 600 men following him during the time this Psalm was probably written. He is talking to God in a natural conversational way. He did not claim a special privilege because he had been anointed by Samuel to be King. He did not grumble and complain about having to wait to be king.

King Saul was pursuing David’s life; he could have solved the problem by killing Saul. Twice David was in a position to take Saul’s life, but he did not because Saul was still the Lord’s anointed ruler. David depended solely on the Lord to save him.

David asked God to hurry to help him. His opponents were chasing him, and he needed God’s help immediately. I do not believe David was in a hurry to be king, but for his life to be preserved.

We often want God to answer our prayers and deliver us from our problems in a hurry. When God delays–from our perspective–in responding to our prayers, we need to remember that He is all powerful and all caring. He does what is best at precisely the right moment.

David asked God to listen to him. With complete reverence, David was asking God to answer him as he prayed.

May my prayer be set before You as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering.

Israelite priests used incense in their worship sacrifices. David asked God to allow his prayer to be set before the Lord as worship. David wanted the Lord to consider the raising of his hands the evening offering. David’s prayer was a sacred act of worship.

Today, disciples can approach God in prayer with confidence, knowing that He hears our prayers. He loves for us to talk with Him about our needs. When we pray as an expression of worship, we experience a deeper personal relationship with God.

God is employing every circumstance and relationship in disciples lives to  conform them to the image of Jesus. 

Henry Luke 8/21/2017

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