6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened
burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.
8 I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”
9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, Lord,
as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
from the great assembly.
11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me. (Psalm 40; NIV)
After speaking in adoration, gratitude, humility, and transparency, King David seeks compassion from his Lord and savior Jesus Christ. He has been literally chased by his enemies to the cold, darkness of living in caves. His very life, his promised kingdom, and all he knows is at stake yet he begins this song with faithful praise. Thereafter he presents his request for the Lord’s mercy and protection. Although not quoted here, this psalm of King David goes on to pray for the salvation of his people and desolation of his enemies. In the end his hope that the Lord be glorified through it all. Yes indeed. Wow. What a tremendous example for me!
Adoration. Thank you almighty God for all that you have provided to this day. I see your omnipotent power in the sequencing of events of my life to bring me into the best of fellowship to you my Lord and King. I praise you here and forevermore. You have provided exceedingly for my real needs. The greatest evidence is in love of my life that is now here; I am honored to be at his side, his beloved too.
Gratitude. For my times of sickness you have given me a warm bed in which to convalesce, healthy food, good medical care, and infused your strength into my weary frame to do the tasks that are needed each day. No matter how I may be feeling, the facts remain true that you care for the details of my life and are here with me. I am never alone. Most of all your love changes my sorrow into joy.
Humility. The striving, the determination of my youth were eventually broken well into my adulthood so that I might realize the plans you have for me. Hurt has yielded to forgiveness and freedom. Following the lead of my earthly kinsman redeemer instead of my own desires has brought me into the fullness of what it means to follow you. Much goodness has come from all of these. The motto that began the leap of faith to finding Jesus years ago has come true: letting go and letting God reign in my heart must remain above all else.
Transparency. You gave me a fondness for writing long ago, mentored by my own mother (a naturally gifted writer). This blog has seen me through much suffering and challenged me to return my eyes to Your majesty, Your creation, and more. I have learned that the truth about life is often separate from what I can see. Lord keep me soft to submit to Your ways like the clay who gives its essence to the master potter craftsman. Surely goodness shall be the result for Your glory.
Prayerfulness. I do ask for healing of this wretched illness that plagues me for hours each day. Guide me in my interactions with others when frustrated by so many things; may I be a light for my true hope that is in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bring rest and lead my husband, Steve, in the decisions we are facing. Grant him wisdom at home and at work, as a father to his four wonderful adult children, and as a leader in our church. Thank you for his faithful witness to so many of what it means to be a man after Your own heart. And please bless the fellow sojourners you have brought into my life, especially my Skype Bible Prayer partners Karan and Sherry. Such sweet fellowship is salve to my soul.
Great things the Lord hath done in my life since I met my first Gentle Reader about three years ago. Thank you for coming alongside me for the ups and downs, bunny trail side trips, victories, and more. Know that I am praying for you as I write this, that the Lord be with you this day too. He is so good and worthy of our praise. Perhaps King David said it best later in Psalm 40 like this:
16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The Lord is great!”