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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Psalm 52:7 57:2 142:7 "Sleeping for Sorrow" (May 2)

Luke 22:45  Jesus found the disciples "sleeping for sorrow," instead of praying for hope.  He told them:  "Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

So, here's David flailing, fleeing, in flight from his father-in-law.  The one earthly man he should be able to trust.  Saul, whose eyes burn with the rage of hell.  The psalmist hears that Doeg slaughtered 85 priests who helped David---who prayed to the Steadfast God of Love on David's behalf.  Don't trust in the abundance of your riches, your blessings, in this life. Psalm 52:7. Trust in the steadfast love of God, no matter what is going on around you, and you'll be a green olive tree.

I wish I could verbalize the thoughts swirling in my head, my heart.  Why is it that people don't listen to their own heart.  What stirs within reveals your heart.  That look on your face reflects the anger, disgust within.  I've heard "it's all good," way too many times in the last 24 hours.  Maybe, it's not.  And you just think it should be, if you were spiritual.

David knew. 
The Steadfast Love of God, not what he conjured up in a cave.
Psalm 57:2-3 I cry out to God Most High, in whatever this current cave may be,
to God Who fulfills His purpose for me. 
Psalm 142:2 I pour out my complaint before Him; tell my troubles to my LORD.
"There is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains;
No one cares for my soul."  Psalm 142:4
David's dilemma sinks deeper than just losing his life. 
He lost part of his family.  Betrayed. 
Bring me out of prison, God.  Deal bountifully with me.  Psalm 142:7
I'm flat out of energy.  May the Energy of Christ be alive in me. 


  1. Bev, prayed for you this morning. Not sure at all what is going on in your life, your heart....but lifted you to the throne of God during that third watch.

    What you wrote about the disciples sleeping for sorrow instead of praying for . That spoke volumes to my heart....I am NOT to "sleep" my life away, I am to pray for hope.

    Psalm 57:1-3 had spoken to me also, that I was NOT to trust in the abundance of my riches or the possibility of ....riches, the blessings in THIS LIFE. But to trust in the steadfast love of God. Your words gave flesh to my feelings. I truly only want Him to stir in my heart and not the desires of my flesh, whether it be about relationships or material needs/wants/desire. Only what He puts there and only what has eternal value,nothing else.

  2. "Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
    for in you my soul takes refuge"

    I talked to a friend yesterday who was lamenting a situation and wanted "justice". She is feeling trampled upon and wants it all to "be fair" in this world. It always alarms me when I want justice for others, and mercy for myself. Life isn't fair. If indeed "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others" is literal, (and I believe it is,) I'll ask for mercy all day long for my enemies, not justice. God IS just, and the Day will come, and it will be very difficult to face all the lost opportunities, all the unconfessed sin, all the injustice I alone have caused. I know this is controversial, and God perfectly forgives, but what have I left unconfessed, unattended this day? It matters. I want mercy for me, and therefore, for others.

    Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner. Forgive us our sins, Lord, and in Your Great mercy and grace, see us through this life into that Place You have prepared for us.