Purpose, Passion, Protection: How to Really Live in a Troubled World

In Psalm 143 David pours out his heart to God. According to him, he is in a bad place. His enemies are trying to crush him, his life doesn’t measure up to God’s standard – he needs help & he wants it now. Enter a heartfelt request for God’s intervention. David makes 5 requests in the next couple of paragraphs that can transform his life…and ours.

  1. “Wake me in the morning with the sound of your loving voice.” What a great way to start the day, hearing how much the Heavenly Father loves you. In The Message Eugene Peterson says, “If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice, I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.”
  2. “Show me the way I should go.” David longs for God so much that his heart’s desire is to walk in His way. As God shows Him the path he’ll be able to see that it is marked with lights from Scripture. In David’s day the 10 commandments dotted the path as well as the great command to love God and your neighbor as you love yourself. Today we have the fruit of the Spirit and other biblical teachings as well as the example of Jesus added to what David knew.
  3. “Rescue me.” Along with a heart that desired God David knew to run to God for protection. We would do well to allow God to be our cover, our only sure hope. Romans tells us that we don’t need to seek revenge, that we should let the Lord handle it. In fact part of walking in the way of God means showing kindness to your enemies rather than seeking to repay them for how they treated you.
  4. “Teach me what to do.” This request reminds us that it is a process. It takes us time to learn the ways of God. Our head may know we are to love our enemy but it takes time for that knowledge to get to our heart, hands and feet. But there is a way.
  5. “Lead me by your Spirit.” We aren’t on the path alone. We travel with the spirit of God dwelling in us. We need to listen to that inner voice. The “kind presence” leads us to a “level land.” The level land is a place that doesn’t have obstacles placed by our bad behavior or selfish desires. It sounds similar to the truth of Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Straight paths and level land makes the journey doable…and hopefully full of joy.


Songs from Sunday

Here I Am To Worship – Chris Tomlin

Blessed Be Your Name – Chris Tomlin

Cornerstone – Hillsong

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