“Know My Anxious Thoughts…”

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Every Wednesday night I get the special privilege of gathering together with a group of believers from the church and praying together.  We usually begin with a short devotional and then launch into a time of prayer for our church, our community, our nation, etc. 

Recently we read through Psalm 139 and were moved by the tenderness that David uses in referring to God’s continual presence even in the midst of suffering. 

David writes, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me!  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.  You search out my pat and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways…Where shall I go from your Spirit?  Or where shall I flee from your presence?…If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night.’ even the darkness is not dark to you.”

One of the things that I love about the psalms is how realistic they are.  David spends much of the chapter using this kind of intimate language for the presence of God.  Having written all of this, you would think that David would be a man without a care and without anxiety and yet in verse 23 he writes, “Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and see my anxious thoughts.”  It’s comforting to me to know that even the author of Psalm 23 and Psalm 139 struggled with anxiety from time to time. 

The lesson that I take away from verse 23 is that the cure to anxiety is found in intimacy with the Lord.  That isn’t to say that we won’t ever experience anxiety or have cares in this world, but the secret to finding shalom (peace) is where we go in the midst of those cares.  So with that in mind, our small group took our prayers to the throne of grace and we found peace.

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September 06 2010 04:00 am | Devotional

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