Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Psalm 86
A prayer of David

Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.
You are my God;
save your servant who trusts in you.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.
In the day of my trouble I will call to you,
for you will answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made will come and worship before you,
O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.
For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.
The arrogant are attacking me, O God;
a band of ruthless men seeks my life --
men without regard for you.
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Turn to me and have mercy on me;
grant your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant.
Give me a sign of your goodness,
that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
for you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

May this be the prayer of my heart. My desire for this new year is to seek after God with my whole heart and to not stray from Him. I need to fully trust that He knows what is best for me much more than I do. I am a worrier and a planner and tend to think I can make my own decisions and often desire for my plans to be what may actually happen. I am learning to trust His plan for me more every day while also learning to let go. Learning that I may not truly need things that I want now and that my future may not go as I am mapping it out. But that is okay; for I am His, and He is mine. He is all I need. I pray for the strength to live by what I believe every day.