Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Answered Prayers

Both my husband and I have been taking some time to think and pray, to step back and reflect. Yesterday as my husband was talking to me about the prayers he has prayed the last couple of years, he pointed out that God is, and has answered most all of them. The route He has taken us in answering them has been rather long and painful, but He has answered! We prayed, He answered.  This is true for my prayers as well, they have been of a different nature than my husbands, but God certainly has answered. It is different than I may have imagined, yet in some ways hope can allow me to believe it will get better.
This morning I have been paging through Psalms and thinking about David. God said that David was a man after His own heart. What does that mean? David was an adventurous man, a tender man, a warrior, he killed thousands of men, he took another mans wife, he had numerous wives, he didn't rescue his daughter after she was raped, or discipline his sons, and he often took matters into his own hands.
David had to flee his kingdom because his own son was out to kill him! It seems there was some tension going on amongst the family members. This was his prayer to God when he ran from his kingdom:

"Many are saying of my soul, 
'there is no deliverance for him in God.' 
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. 
I was crying to the Lord with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain."
Psalms 3:2-4

David did do a lot of stuff. But what I've noticed about him is that he continually came to the throne of God and talked to Him. He knew that God could and would save him! He understood that God was the Rock, the shield, the firm foundation, the Only One to call upon when in distress, and the Great I Am.  He understood confession, and God's redeeming grace. David was not afraid to go to God's holy mountain and claim his identity as God's child.

In Psalms 18:2 it says this:

"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."

David praised God his entire life, through all his trials. And, when he sinned, he confessed his sin, and God forgave him. God thrived within David's heart, because David openly spoke of who God is. When I skip to the end of the Psalms in my bible, it's the same, still praising God.  In chapter 147 on the Message side I have this underlined:

"He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars and assigns  each a name.
Our Lord is great, with  limitless strength;
we'll never comprehend what he knows and does."

Father God, today I will praise You because You love my heart. I will praise You because You see me and You forgive me. I will praise You because You are my refuge, shield, and stronghold, and You do answer my prayers when I call. Say That Again, Father you answer prayer!

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