March 17 – Devotion

Date: March 17, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 69

Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me.
I am weary with my crying out;
my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
with waiting for my God.
(Ps. 69:1-3)

Have you ever cried out to God for help or complained about your circumstances? Psalm 69 begins with David’s complaints and the burdens that he bears, yet ends with praises to the King of Kings.

When I think of my own life and the complaints that I have, they are often in reference to a situation I got myself into out of my own accord, in an effort to do things in my own strength. However, David’s burden is not just a surface complaint but a weighing of the heart.

He seeks comfort and encouragement, an assurance or answer from God. Sometimes those answers don’t come the way we think they should. God’s answer may be a solid answer “yes” or “no,” but many times in my life the answer has been “wait”—or no affirmative answer at all. When the Lord asks you to wait, rest in the promise that He is faithful, cling to the assurance that He is Sovereign, and trust that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

In this waiting period, the psalmist confesses his own sin and expresses concern about not only his own repentance but also of the effects of his situation on his friends. Reflect upon your own sin, examine your own heart, repent and turn away from those things that separate you from the One who was and is and is to come. The Lord knows us; our hearts and our sin are not hidden from him. He is very well aware of our nature, yet He has provided a rescue and beautiful way of redemption.

Oh, to ask the Father to “draw near to my soul, redeem me” (v. 18, ESV). Have you ever uttered those words, desired them in your heart, and experienced the true freedom that lies behind the intimate relationship with the Father and how he has redeemed you? This is a point where we can use scripture to interpret scripture, because James reminds us that when we draw near to God, he draws near to us (Jas. 4:8). So this prayer for God to draw near to us, to redeem us, is our drawing near to Him, our calling out to Him, our act of seeing His face and His relationship.

“I will praise the name of God with a song;/ I will magnify him with thanksgiving” (v. 30, ESV). Even when the storms come, even when you feel like giving up, even when you are wrongly accused, even when you are persecuted…Praise His name. He deserves all of our praise and adoration. No struggles, no burden, no sorrow, no circumstance could ever compare to the weight that our Savior bore on the cross for you and for me. And there is no joy or freedom greater than that we can come to His throne and adore Him. It is in our praise that He reminds us that we are His and that no matter our struggle, He cares for us.

Prayer for the Journey: Father, Help me to wait for you, to be still in those moments, trusting that you are in control, as I seek to draw ever closer to you. I choose to praise your name, with thanksgiving in my heart, no matter the circumstance because you deserve all my praise.

Prepared by: Britter Kinsey

One Response to “March 17 – Devotion”

  1. Debbie Keen says:

    Thank you, Britter, for this helpful devotion!

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