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May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. (Psalm 19:14, MSG)
Monday, July 15, 2013
Where Faith Begins (Psalm 13-15)
long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will
you hide your face from me?How
long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?” Psalm 13:1-2
Can you imagine singing a song like
this at church? You would probably be criticized for your lack of faith. But
for King David, this is where faith begins—pouring out his heart before God—his
feelings, problems and questions.
But David doesn’t stop there. Next, he appeals to God, saying where
he’d be without Him. He’d be like a dead man with his enemies rejoicing over
him (Psalm 13:3-4).
And then he reminds himself of God’s character and how He has dealt
with David in the past—His steadfast love, Savior, giver of bountiful
blessings (Psalm 13:5-6).
Then something amazing happens. In Psalm 14, God tells David who
humans are. “They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good, not even one.” (Psalm 14:3)
The Apostle Paul quotes the latter in Romans 3, describing how man’s
efforts to please God are futile, but God provided a way for us to come to Him
in Christ. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption
that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)
In Psalm 15, David reveals insights
concerning the person who walks with God. “He who walks blamelessly and does
what is right and speaks truth in his heart.” (Psalm 15:2)
David’s model of seeking God still
works today. In your quiet time, write out your feelings, problems and
questions. Appeal to God, reminding yourself where you’d be without Him. List
God’s attributes. Remember the times He has answered your prayers. Ask Him to
speak. Be quiet before him and listen. The Holy Spirit speaks to believers in
Christ. “God's love has been poured into our hearts through the HolySpirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5) Write
down the impressions He places in Your spirit. Lastly, record any insights you
may have learned.
Be open and honest before God, yielding yourself to Him. This is
where faith begins, grows, and flourishes.
Connie L. Peters has 30 years of experience in writing
poetry, adult and children’s fiction and inspirational non-fiction. Currently
she writes devotions for The Presidential Prayer Team and The Pagosa Sun. She also
writes a poem a day on enthusiaticsoul.blogspot.com. Connie’s work has appeared
in numerous publications including Focus on the Family, Bible Advocate and The
Quiet Hour. She has served on the board of Southwest Christian Writers
Association for the past 20 years. Connie lives in Cortez, CO where she and her
husband host two adults with developmental disabilities. The Peterses have two
grown children who live in Arizona.