Praying with honesty and faith

I was reading Psalm 6:1-10 this morning. In it I noticed some interesting points about the way David prayed in the midst of turmoil.

1. David prayed for mercy – In verse 2 David asks God to be merciful to him. He says he is faint, his bones are in agony, his soul is in anguish and he asks for mercy.

2. David prayed for deliverance – In verses 4-5 David asks for deliverance because of God’s unfailing love. He asked God to bring relief because of His love for David.

3. David prayed with honesty – In verses 6-7  he tells God exactly how he feels. He says he is worn out from groaning and all night he floods his bed with tears. He poured out his heart.

4. David prayed with faith – David finishes this Psalm with faith and the knowledge that God has heard his prayers. He knew God had heard and accepted his prayers. He knew He would act.

I love the way David prayed with honesty. He told God how he was feeling. He didn’t pretend. He didn’t try to put a good spin on it. He said it how it was to him.

Then in faith he trusted God had heard him and he knew that as a loving God that He would act in a righteous and loving way towards him.

David trusted God and he prayed with honesty and faith. It is a great example for us to follow today.

God Bless,

Dave

Redemption is an important word

Redemption is an important word in the Christian faith. The Bible tells us that as Christians we are redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13).

Redemption is about being set free because a price has been paid to free us. For the Christian that is Christ’s death on the cross for us.

In the New Testament there are three main Greek words used to describe redemption.

  • Agorazo – means to “purchase in the market”. This is like a slave bought and sold in the slave market. They are always a slave and can be re-sold at any time.
  • Exagorazo – means to “purchase out of the market”. This is like someone buying a slave and it never being sold again. They keep the slave to serve them as their own property.
  • Lutroo – means “to loose” or to “set free by paying a price”. The slave is permanently purchased out of the market and set free from the market forever. This is what we have in Christ as believers and disciples.

This last word Lutroo gives us a clear picture of what we have in Christ. True freedom. We are no longer a slave to sin.

I really love being a Christian. I love the freedom I feel because I know Christ. I am not bound up by the world’s standard or rules or a slave to sin. I am free because Jesus paid a price for me and then He set me free.

As John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed”. That is great news!

God Bless,

Dave

When all seems against us

I was reading Psalm 3.1-8 this morning. We see the words of Psalm 3 are basically King David’s cry out to God to protect him from his enemies and to vindicate him.

The background to the story is David’s son Absolom wanted to take over the throne and he had secretly been turning people against his father (2 Samuel 15).

I really like the way David looked to God in this situation. On the surface David could have taken his army and defeated those who rose up against him, but he chose to look to God as his protection and deliverer.

We can learn a lot from David. When all seems to be against us today – people and situations – we can sometimes fall into the trap of thinking God is against us and we have done wrong.

However, if we know we are right with God, we need to stay in faith and trust God will sort it out in time. Pray, trust, keep positive and wait on God for the outcome.

We know God is a good God and  “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

If you are going through a hard time today and it seems like everything is against you, remember that God is for you and in time He will sort things out as you stay in faith and trust in Him.

God Bless,

Dave