Okay, I had a bit of a run with Proverbs and by no means have I exhausted it. That being said, I felt the need to jump to something different for awhile. So I find myself in the Psalms. I think the thing I like most about the Psalms is the honesty you see throughout this book. You see their hearts as they pour them out to God. This has encouraged me to come before God humbly but totally honest whether I am offering praise, or I am hurting and confused I can share from my heart where I am at.
Psalm 4: 1 & 8
Answer me when I call to you,
O my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
There is a lot I like in these verse… can you hear his honest cry for help as he pleads with God, there is no ‘would you maybe,’ ‘could you possibly.’ Instead he says, ‘Answer me, Give me, be merciful and hear my prayer.’ I think he is praying with 100% confidence in God to hear him and answer him. In the last verse he puts himself totally in God’s care trusting completely and then sleeps in peace.
What do I take away from this? That I need to trust completely and when I struggle to take it tomy righteous God, instead of trying to fix it myself.