O. T. #1207 "A Broken Vessel"
Psalms 31-Part 2
LET IT GLOW
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Urgent troubles bring urgent prayer. David pours out his heart to God, the rock and fortress of his life.
In continuation of some phrases David said:
Thou hast redeemed me. (verse 5)
Oh LORD, God of Truth.
I trust in the LORD. (verse 6)
I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy. (verse 7)
Thou art my God. (verse 14)
My times are in Thine hand. (verse 15)
Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant. (verse 16)
God rescued David, not because he deserved it, but through the grace of God. Non of us are worthy of His love. We cannot do anything to earn it, but it is the fact that God is love and that is His character. Aren't we glad? We can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
LET IT GROW
After Mom passed away, I was the one to sort through the house. I had put some odds and ends of cups and saucers in a box on the porch, before taking them to storage. I left them there too long. Little did I know a storm would come the next week, blow them off the porch, and break them into pieces, scattering them in the yard. That caused me to be heart broken. They could have been given to the granddaughters. It was too late, though. One bad decision and a precious thing was destroyed. David felt like that, too.
So many things can break us-broken marriage, broken relationships, a diseased child, loss of job, loss of house. Will we look up for the answer? Will we turn to Jesus or to things for comfort?
In his prayer, David sounds like he is really down, feeling hopeless, doesn't he? In verse 12, he admits, I am like a broken vessel, referring to something only to be thrown away. Now look in verse 13 at what he has been facing: slander, rumors of many; fear on every side; enemies conspired against him;. David has been waiting to get his respect back as the king of Israel. Do you feel his hopelessness and helplessness as he feels hated and rejected? Can we feel his struggle, pain that is real?
It often takes situations to bring us down, break our strong will, before we look up in desperation to God. If we stop to think about it, our enemies do not have the upper hand, our God does. He will have the last word, folks.
We know God cares for us and has our circumstances under His control, yet we need the encouragement of others as they feel our pain. Are we alert to those going through hurtful times? Will we take a moment to listen, hug and be their arms of love God wants to wrap around them.
LET IT GO
Trust, be glad and rejoice in God's love and mercy.
Bring my brokenness to Jesus.