Prayer

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge.

I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

[Let’s see – ‘disasters’ in my life…yes, I am definitely crouching under His wings!]

I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.

[Disaster…a purpose? Is there a purpose? Will I receive God’s purpose for me without understanding the ‘why’ of it? Help me, Lord!]

He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me;

God sends his love and his faithfulness.

[That is a promise and encouragement!]

I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts –

men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.

[Remember: I am in the world, not of the world.]

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

[In everything I do, may You be glorified, Lord.]

They spread a net for my feet – I was bowed down in distress.

They dug a pit in my path – but they have fallen into it themselves.

[“Revenge is Mine,” says the Lord.]

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.

Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, O Lord,among the nations;

I will sing of you among the peoples.

For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

[You are worthy of my praise, Lord!! You are worthy!!!] Psalm 57 (NIV, my comments)

Whether David wrote this ‘song’ or someone else – what a pattern for my prayer and worship life!

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice: in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

Morning or evening and in between, I bring my requests before my Lord and Father…and wait in expectation! Not in despair or doubt, but expectation! And as I wait, I praise You, Jesus, because You are God – and worthy of praise! That is a comforting place to be. God is not only faithful but He is faith. And I want to be plugged in to that outlet!!!

— An excerpt from Daily Devotions of Ordinary People – Extraordinary God by Jody Neufeld

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