1 Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
4 Tremble and do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust in the Lord.
6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us.
7 Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
How often do we feel unanswered? How often are our senses only telling us half the story? The psalmist (David) may have been hurting to feel heard, as he includes in his plea, “Answer me when I call you, oh righteous God.” Apparently, it is not redundant for him to say this.
David reminds us that there are times when it is okay (and good) for us to start our conversations with God this way – with a deep, honest exhortation – one that doesn’t try to hide the level of desperation and urgency we have come to Him with. So often, we are afraid to admit our deep concerns – ashamed for even having them.
David also prays for mercy and for relief from his distress. These sentiments all go together. And, they are sentiments that many of us can relate with. We are tired. Stressed. Exhausted. So, we come to the right source when our hearts are in search of joy, rest, and peace.
Lord, I cry to you an honest prayer. My heart is anxious. My need for reassurance is strong. I am in need of you, God. Please answer me. Please hear me. Please allow me to feel your presence. In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Amen.