Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You return man to dust
and say, “Return, O children of man!”
For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.
For we are brought to an end by your anger;
by your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
For all our days pass away under your wrath;
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
I don't know how personal you are allowed to get in these little devotionals, but I’ll just take the plunge and get right straight, real, and raw with you, and hopefully we can all still maybe get a few bits and pieces of takeaway, Lord willing.
I love very much how the Psalms are a book layered with real and raw laments, hearty and joyful praise, and sing of the goodness and faithfulness of God. He hears it all. There are low valleys, there are deep pits, and He is still there.
For me, this has been a dark and lonely valley season, and the Psalms have been lifeline of truth and promise despite what I may feel which is low and weary for the prolonged moment. This is my very tiny and raw prayer/psalm. My little earnest prayer is that maybe there are parts of it you can relate to, remind you that you aren't alone, and most importantly, bring ultimately the glory and honor to Christ alone. I am weak. He is strong.
Do i dare say
O Lord my God,
my Rock and Redeemer
for the suffering?
can i praise You in the darkness?
Am i still able to say
You are good
when my flesh fails me
and my beauty fades?
Are You good, God?
Are you still my Father?
Do you hold me in
Your outstretched hands?
will Your rod catch me
o Great Shepherd
as i fall to the depths?
who am i oh Lord
to question your deeds.
i am but Your servant.
therefore i will hold fast,
i will hide my face in You,
i will pour my tears and sorrow
my anger and my sadness
at Your feet.
i am not my own.
Hear me O God.
listen to me,
your smallest sheep.
scoop me up
and whisper to me
Your unfailing Love.
test me dear God,
and build in me
a steadfast heart.
weave into my being
a character of
pull off the layers of
pride and self pity.
make me shine like the
noon day sun
and forget not
me your lowliest one
with my face to the ground.
i will place my hope in You.
i will place my downcast heart
in the hands of
You, Oh my God.
mend the wounds, yes,
but more importantly,
fix my heart to be like Christ.
For a real Psalm, not written by a crusty little brown girl, I invite you to reflect more deeply on Psalm 90, a wonderful Psalm woven with praise, instruction, an earnest prayer penned by Moses. Check verses13-17
Do return, O Lord; how long will it be?
And be sorry for Your servants.
O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,
And the years we have seen evil.
Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
As we continue working our way through the Psalms, let us reflect, worship, pour our hearts, and come before the King with praise and thanksgiving. Let us remember in the valleys below and in the throes of darkness, He is steadfast. He is good. He is here.
O satisfy us in the morning with your lovingkindness.
Psalms reading plan can be found HERE.