I didn’t have to read for long in today’s passage to find something that might apply to me. He had me at the intro to Psalm 102: “A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.” I have been there more than once, recently, what about you? Verse 2 also got my attention as it sounded eerily familiar to my week: “Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” Yup! Come on God – we are working on a time schedule. We need an answer and we need it now.
At our house we are making college decisions. Well, it is my son’s decision, but it has been weighing heavily on us all as it seems unclear to any of us what the wisest answer is, and we need an answer very soon. With so many different implications for the future and not able to visit any of the top contenders this spring, and with new information and opinions emerging daily, it is truly tiring. And I am weak.
It doesn’t feel good to be weak – especially for those who relish being in control or regarded as strong. The psalmist writes of how this anguished state is affecting his appetite, health, sleep, and relationships. We have seen some of that. He has been reminded once again of his frailty, limits, shortcomings, weakness – and it hurts.
But, in his weakness he still knows where to go. To the One who sits on the throne. “But you, O LORD, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations.” (Psalm 102:12). The tone of the psalm changes from personal despair and questioning in the first 11 verses – to hopefulness – because he knew where to go when he was weak. Humbled, and at the feet of the all-powerful, all-knowing, loving and compassionate Creator, he gains a new perspective. When we can put ourselves in His presence we know we can rely on Him no matter how weak we are on our own. We know, “He will arise and have compassion…He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.” (Psalm 102:13,17).
It reminds me of the poor kid who has been ruffed up by the bully on the playground, again and again. He knows he is weak – and it hurts. But this battered kid puts his broken glasses back on his tear-stained face and says to the bully – “Yeah, but my Daddy is stronger than your daddy.” And, sure enough, Dad just arrived and is waiting at the gate. It’s okay to be weak, when you have the strongest Daddy in the world!
I know you may be facing issues, decisions, and heartaches much larger than making a college decision. And you may be struggling with feeling weak. If you aren’t now – you will be later. Weakness has a way of finding us all.
I want you to know what I want my son to know, and what I need to remind myself of over and over again. God has good things in store for you. He is a good God to His children. Be His child. Keep seeking Him. I pray for you what I pray for my son and family. “Dear God, we thank you for your greatness, power, wisdom and love. Thank you for being what we are not. Thank you for the gift of Your Son and your perfect plan. Help us to sit at your feet, in Your presence, humbled, and drawing our strength and hope from You. Help us to see You at work. Even when life seems muddled, difficult and painful and we feel like we are being beaten up, give us your eyes to see how You ordered and provided and blessed. We want to seek You first. Please show us how to do that. Help us to see your greatness – and share that with others, boasting of our Daddy’s goodness and strength. Thank you for hearing our prayers and responding, quickly.”
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring – well, we don’t even know what today will bring. But we are thankful we are not alone when we put ourselves in His presence. In our weakness, He is strong.
A Weak Momma at the Feet of a Great Big God on His Throne,
PS – One great way to put yourself in His presence is through reading His Word. Dig in. He is there.
Today’s Bible reading can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+102-104&version=NIV
Tomorrow we jump back into the events of David’s life as we read 2 Samuel 5:1-10 and 1 Chronicles 11-12 in our journey through the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan