Help in Holding-On
Whether in the worst of times, the best of times, or at some point in between, there are times when holding-on is hard. As David sings this psalm, I hear a shift in his tone beginning in the seventh verse. Even if only for a moment, David’s confidence and sense of closeness, sense of connection to the Lord is shaken. Note that he does not question God’s ability to reach him, but in this moment, he questions his own ability to reach God. David’s song and prayer of praise turns to a plea. “Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.” As with David, our outcry to God… our plea to be heard, is because we recognize our sins… our failings before the one who has been so faithful. We have not merited the grace, mercy and gifts the Lord has lavished on us, nor can we hope to. But God does not merely extend grace, mercy, and gifts to us because of who we are or what we have done, God graces us with all God has because the Lord is the God of boundless grace and endless mercies.
Let Us receive the grace, mercy, and gifts of God as we hold on to our faith in God’s heart toward us. Let Us continue to seek God’s face that the Lord would not simply hear us, but that we would hear and heed the teachings of the Lord.