Friday, March 21, 2014

Morning Psalm: 69 | Evening Psalm: 73
Genesis 43:1-15 | 1 Corinthians 7:1-9 | Mark 4:35-41
 
The cry of the Psalm 69 echoes both forward and backward in the Scripture readings for today: Judah could easily have said the words of verses four and five, “What I did not steal must I now restore? O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you”; and the disciples literally face the terrifying waters of verses one and two as they struggle against the wind and the waves and are almost drowned. 
 
These cries often echo in our own lives as well. Whether we face the consequences of our folly, the destructiveness of the natural world, persecution from our enemies, or any other situation of trouble, we are often weary with crying out, waiting for the salvation of our God. 
 
David’s situation certainly speaks of desperation, which makes his attitude and approach towards God all the more astounding in verse 13: “At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.” At an acceptable time? Would not now be the right time? Now is the time when I am overwhelmed; now is the time when my foot stumbles; now is the time when I cannot go on any longer. 
 
Often our prayers are narrowed by our suffering; we cannot see anything but the present pain and anguish we are in. Yet in the Psalms we are given examples of an enlarged vision, a vision that does not ignore the present circumstance, but sees first and foremost the loving, gracious, and compassionate God who has accomplished salvation in the past, and who has promised to be faithful to the end. When our vision is oriented in this way, the salvation does not have to have arrived yet before we can, like David, offer our praise to our Savior. 
 
O God our Savior, see our suffering and our anguish, hear our cries for mercy, and act on Your covenant faithfulness, in Your good and perfect timing. Amen.
 

  

Laura Cerbus
MAR Student
Beaver Falls, PA

    

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