Today we sit down with a king … fresh off disastrous defeat. And we pray (Psalm 89).
Picture this. You are a relatively young man (vs. 45) and though you are the king of Israel (or you are someone speaking on his behalf – vs. 50-51), an enemy force has defeated you and your army (vs. 38-51) and wreaked havoc on the people.
How would you talk with God about all of that?
Morning. Would you praise God for his great, enduring love and faithfulness? Would you address him as the One who made and keeps everything in the cosmos?
This man does (vs. 1-4,5-18).
Mid-day. Would you remind God of his promises of continuing strength and loving protection to you and his people? Would you rehearse with him his commitments to discipline his people, but to not go too far in doing so, to not overdo it, as it were?
This man does (vs. 19-29,30-37).
Evening. Would you candidly accuse God of not having kept his promises and going back on his word? And so, would you call on him to reverse his field and run to you aid, summing it all with “Praise be to the Lord forever! Amen and Amen.”?
This man does (vs. 38-45,46-52).
How are honest are you with your Lover and Faith One, your Creator and Sustainer, your Deliverer and your Helper? Prayer is nothing, if not honest. Pour your heart out to God. He has shoulders broad enough to take it. And your heart will benefit from it. To the end that you, too, can, and will, say even in the worst of times your bottom line:
Praise be to the Lord forever! Amen and Amen.