March 9 – Devotion

Date: March 9, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 61

 Hear my cry, O God,
    listen to my prayer;
 from the end of the earth I call to you
    when my heart is faint. (Ps. 61:1-2, ESV)

Do you ever feel overwhelmed or overcome by life—by the daily tasks, others’ expectations, or even the best of intentions? In verse 2, David cries out from “the ends of the earth” with a faint heart. This is a spiritual experience that we can share from any location of geography or time. We are there when we feel that we are far from God’s attention and help. What an agonizing call—for God’s protection, provision, and favor.

Notice how the psalmist expresses these urgent requests. He asks that he be led to the rock, to his refuge, to his strong tower. David is desperately crying out for his God! He knows that in order to have any kind of peace or protection he must find that in God. He knows that to be true because God has already proven himself faithful time and time again to David, a point he mentions verse 5 when he talks about how God has heard his vows.

In the moment of distress it would have been so easy to reach out for anything that seemed life-saving or just plain convenient and to forget that only our God is able to provide all that we need to overcome. It is because David already had a relationship with God that he was able to cry out to his God. He had a history with the Father. He could look back and recall God’s faithfulness to him.

Can you do that? In times of distress can you look back and recall a time that God was faithful to you—a time in your life when you knew that only the hand of the Lord provided for you? Verses 4 and 5 show us David begging to be in God’s presence. David recognizes the great value of being with the Lord. What would change in your life if you stopped today to recognize the power of being in God’s presence?

In this context, this reflection led from misery to praise. This short psalm starts with despair and ends in praise. What a model for us in our daily lives! We will have days that start with tears or feelings of being overwhelmed, but we don’t have to stay there. We too can end such times in praise! Our God is worthy of praise! Our rock, our refuge, our strong tower is worthy to be praised!

Prayer: Lord, even when my heart is faint I will call out to you, my refuge, for strength. Despite what I am facing in life that may cause me to feel overwhelmed or overcome, I will choose to praise you, Lord. I will sing praises to your holy name!

Prepared by Kayla Fowler

6 Responses to “March 9 – Devotion”

  1. Debbie Keen says:

    Thank you, Kayla, for today’s devotion! A great reminder of our only hope!

  2. Jim G says:

    Such a meaningful reminder of God faithfulness. Thanks Kayla.

  3. Tappy Murray says:

    Kayla, thanks for a nice interpretation of the Psalm.

  4. Christine Morrow says:

    Thanks Kayla love it!

  5. Glenna Peaarson says:

    Oh, how I needed those words! Thank you.

  6. Marlene Amick says:

    Kayla, thank you for such an inspiring devotional!

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