Prayer: Praise to you O God, for the truths in your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
The conversation of prayer
16 Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
Today’s text relates a conversation with God which acknowledges wrongs done and fears for the psalmist’s life. It offers repentance and cries out for help and for God to answer. “Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good.”
How are your prayers constructed? Our devotion writer often prays as a narrative; everything that has been done and all that is going wrong in his life. Often, he forgets to stop, like the psalmist did and acknowledge God’s steadfast love and for God to answer him plainly. He talks without stopping to listen. He declares; “Prayer isn’t just about talking to God; it is also about time for silence so that we are open to hearing God’s response to us.”
Prayer: “Your love is good, O Lord. Thank you for hearing our prayers. In Christ’s name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
7 It is for your sake that I have borne reproach, that shame has covered my face. 8 I have become a stranger to my kindred, an alien to my mother’s children.
9 It is zeal for your house that has consumed me; the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. 10 When I humbled my soul with fasting, they insulted me for doing so. 11 When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them. 12 I am the subject of gossip for those who sit in the gate, and the drunkards make songs about me.
13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me. With your faithful help 14 rescue me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters. 15 Do not let the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or the Pit close its mouth over me.
16 Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. 17 Do not hide your face from your servant, for I am in distress—make haste to answer me. 18 Draw near to me, redeem me, set me free because of my enemies.