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Bible Reading: Psalm 35

Psalm 35 (Text unavailable. Please read on your own.)

At any time, you can call out to God for help. Life is a battle and there are bound to be those who will be out to get us. David prays that God would contend with those who contend against him (v.1a). He prays, ‘Reassure me; let me hear you say, “I’ll save you.”’ (v.3, MSG).

When you are under attack it is easy to feel that it must be your fault. But sometimes you may face opposition not because you are doing something wrong, but because you are doing something right. David prays to God to rescue him: ‘then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation’ (v.9).

There were times when David was down; his soul felt empty (v.12, MSG). He was honest and open enough to talk about the challenges. There may be times when your prayers do not seem to be heard. ‘My prayers returned to me unanswered’ (v.13). He says to God, ‘How long are you going to stand there doing nothing?’ (v.17, MSG). We all stumble (v.15a). Do not pretend that all is well. Speak from the depth of your heart. He will not be surprised or shocked by anything you say. It is this openness, vulnerability and honesty that draws you into an intimate relationship with God.

Weekly Memory Verse: Your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Psalm 36.5