January 29, Reading 2 – Psalm 9, 10

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SAA Notes

Have you ever found yourself feeling like David in Psalm 10:1? David’s response is to pray: “God! Do something!” (Ps.10:12) Then he reflects on what God is like – He does notice what is going on!

SJA Notes

“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”

Two of the things David prays in these psalms can strike a clear resonance within us.

David affirms again and again his trust in God’s faithfulness to His people, in His sovereign power, His power to save the weak and lowly, to enact justice for the fatherless and the oppressed.

“Arise, O LORD!”

But David also calls upon the Lord to act.

And these are both valid prayerful outworkings of our trust and faith.

David is not calling out in arrogance, he is not rubbing a lamp or casting a magic spell.

He is crying out to the living God in a state born of the frustration of living in this broken world.

“Arise, O LORD!”

David knows and trusts, as Job wrestled with, that the wicked will not go unpunished, that the Lord will arise.

So David calls out to God to be true to Himself, and then trusts that He will be.

These are good prayers to dwell on. The validity of our experience as God’s people in this world is seen in the psalms.

We read of God’s power and authority at work, His grace and mercy, His will to save, and save to the uttermost!

* Father God,

Please write Your word upon our hearts today.

Please fix our eyes on You.

Please save us Lord today and onwards, from the pitfalls and traps of the world – Save us, for we cannot save ourselves!

Amen.

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