“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.”
David was no stranger to trouble and danger. Some was of his own making, some because of his calling and position as king, and some because of the actions and activities of those around him – including members of his family.
His psalms are wonderful expressions of his relationship with God in all his different moods and conditions. They can be of great help to us too as he comes to God and calls out to Him for help, comfort and forgiveness.
We all go through times of hardship, pain, sickness and distress. His words – as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) – can become our own when we need them. They may also be a springboard from which to speak to God from our own hearts.
Look through the Psalms and find a few that speak to you. Tuck them away in your minds, diaries or mobile phones for when you need them. You can keep them going as a continual prayer.
Start with the verse above!
Father sometimes it is too sore, lonely or desperate for me to pray. Help me then to use the words of David that You inspired and have preserved for us. Amen.