Life is a struggle sometimes. Prayer can be a struggle. It doesn’t have to be. When prayer seems hard I turn to the Psalms. I’ve done that for nearly 30 years since I was a young single man living far from home in a foreign land and the Psalms have led me closer to God. Through centuries and millenia God’s people have used the Psalms to express their cries to him. I shared the following psalm (143) last Sunday with my family a day after my oldest son left home and landed on the other side of the world and now I’m sharing it with you.
1 Yahweh hear my prayer. Give ear to my requests. In your faithfulness and your righteousness answer me!
2 Do not enter into judgment of your servant, for no one living can be upright before you.
3 For the enemy pursues me and crushes me to the ground. He makes me dwell in darkness like those who are long dead.
4 So my spirit is overwhelmed inside me and my heart is desolate within.(more…)