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My pastor once told us that when we think of our relationship with God, it’s like sleeping with a comforter over us. That comforter doesn’t change the temperature in the room; it changes the temperature around US.
David knew this, and above all, he knew that God was present and powerful. He knew that his only hope, his only protection, and his only righteousness rested in God alone. While the readings for today cover a number of different issues in David’s life (Absalom’s betrayal, David’s reputation, and a range of enemies that pursued him), one thing remains the same: David’s foundation is strong because he cries out to a living and very present God.
A couple of years ago, I began to feel very convicted about saying “Dear Jesus” when I pray. I guess I’d never really considered it before; I had started my prayers with those two words since I was a child. The problem is that I wasn’t writing a letter to a God who would read it eventually. I was talking to a PRESENT, loving, and powerful God who was right there with me. I would never look at my husband and say, “Dear Danny…” Why? Because he is standing right in front of me! How often do we forget that God is even more present than the people we see every day? He is present not only in our world and our situations but also in our thoughts, our fears, our hopes, our trials, our everything. He knows our inmost beings (Ps. 139:13-14); He is ALWAYS with us (Psalm 139); and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:39).
Why would we ever treat Him otherwise? Even in mortal danger, David prayed with passion to a God who answers, and he waited expectantly for God to move! Oh how our lives, our churches, and the Kingdom of God would change if when we prayed, we would also watch for how God would move rather than continuing to carry our burdens!
Today, I am reminding myself that I am NOT walking alone. God is still God! He is still all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present! He knows every depth of my being; He knows every step that I will take; and He knows every thought and inclination of my heart…and He loves me.
Father, show me who You are. Open my eyes to your presence and empower me with boldness to pray to You in a way that recognizes Your glory and power rather than my own insecurity. Thank you that when the world around me falls apart, you are constant, faithful, mighty, and always with me.