From “Me” to “Us”

Today’s reading is Psalm 31.

Track the pronouns in this psalm. Sometimes the main pronoun is the first person singular, sometimes it is the second or third person plural. That is, in some parts it is, “In you, O Lord, do I take refuge.” In other places, it is, “How abundant is your goodness, which you have…worked for those who take refuge in you.” Sometimes it is “I trust the Lord.” Other times it is “Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful…” In this, David moves from praying about “me” the Lord’s anointed to praying about “us” the Lord’s people. This isn’t just some weird poetic thing. This is David setting himself up as the example. This is how God deals with His anointed, the head of His people. Therefore, this is how God deals with all His people. Especially when we get to the ending thoughts. David’s point is, “Look at me, people! Do you see how God has demonstrated himself faithful and loving with me? Do you see how God did deliver? I get it, I had some troubles along the way. But do you see how it ended? The same will be true for you. Hang on through the trouble. Stay faithful. Through me, God has proved Himself faithful.” We should see the same principle in our King. After all, a disciple is not above the teacher but when fully trained will become like the teacher. Do you remember what happened with Jesus? He was persecuted. He was afflicted. It even seemed that the hands of the enemies prevailed against Him. However, on the third day, He burst forth from the grave victorious. That is how the Lord gave victory to our King. We too, though the hand of the enemy seems to prevail, perhaps even killing us, will be victorious. We will also burst forth from the grave. So, commit your spirit into the Lord’s hand and hang on to Him no matter what.

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 31.

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A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, I love the symmetry of Psalm 31:2-3. David pleads with God, “Be my rock and fortress.” Why? “For you are my rock and my fortress.” David wants God to be exactly what God is. This is when there is power in our lives. This is when we have victory. As long as we want God to be something other than what He is and do something other than the things He does, we’ll struggle. But when we grow to want God to be what He is and do what He does, our spirits and our lives become mature and strong. It is like when Jesus prayed before His arrest, trial, and crucifixion. “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will.” Jesus had laid out His personal preference: “Let this cup pass from me.” But then He admitted, “However, more than what I want, Father, I want what You want.” Maturity in prayer is not figuring out how to get what we want, it is figuring out how to want what God wants. That, of course, takes a great deal of growth. Keep praying. Keep studying. God will get you there.

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