Psalm 143 – A Prayer

On Saturday, I wrote about being on top of the mountain with God after a wonderful Christian conference. I’m still remembering that mountain-top experience and feeling the wonder of it. And yet, it has been a trying day. Tomorrow will be difficult, too. There’s not much to say about it, or any great lesson in my mind to share. As I’ve come down from the mountaintop, the evil one — my enemy — has brought difficulty my way. My response is to pray this Psalm and share it with you. 

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

 1 O 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 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;
       my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.
       Selah

 7 Answer me quickly, O 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 lift up my soul.

 9 Rescue me from my enemies, O 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, O 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.

The great thing about praying using the Psalms is that I know God is faithful and will answer. He will be with me. He will “rescue me from my enemies.” He will “lead me on level ground.” He will “preserve my life.” As David did, I remember all that God has done for me and trust that He will answer my prayer again.

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3 Responses

  1. Linda,
    This reminds me of something our pastor told us a few weeks ago. After every great acheivement/victory, there will be a great temptation to follow. You are in my prayers daily anyway, but I will pray a special prayer that he will surround you and protect you from those that attack. God Bless
    Jim

  2. I loved praying that too. I should know by now about after mountain top experiences . . .what happens. At least, it does to me. So I need to prepare, but I forget. Praying for you, for this tough week, knowing that He is with you and holding you close, no matter what it feels like at times.
    I had a really beautiful God thing happen today . . .then I totally forgot to pick up a med refill for Aubrey. So we will have to miss giving it to her tonight and it’s one of 3 she takes for seizures. argh! I’m praying for Him to cover us until I can get it in her tomorrow. and still praising Him for the blessing today! Thank you, Linda, for all the ways you bless us and keep it real here, living life for Jesus. love, deb

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