Psalm 30, 6-10
Something to read
As for me, I said in my prosperity, 'I shall never be moved.' By your favour, O Lord, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed. To you, O Lord, I cried, and to the Lord I made supplication: 'What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!'
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
A son who attained a PhD told his father on the Award Ceremony Day, 'I did it all myself, Dad.' His father inwardly smiled as he reflected on the years of financing and quiet encouragement.
King David had the same attitude in his relationship with Yahweh. 'When things were going great I crowed, "I've got it made. I'm God's favourite. He made me king of the mountain." Then you looked the other way and I fell to pieces.' [The Message paraphrase of v.6-7]
When we are secure and blessed in life, it is so easy to have an attitude of 'I've arrived!'. It is only when that security is rocked that we take a fresh look at our lives.
The story of Job is a classic example in which his understanding of life and of God was challenged to the core; but through it he found new truths and understanding.
King David was shaken when God 'hid his face', but notice he cried unto the Lord in that moment of dismay.
Where do you turn when your world is shaken? When your life takes a tumble, it is so easy to look for earthbound solutions and solace.
Something to do
In what ways do you recognise yourself in David's experience?
Name some of the ways you cope with crisis moments in your life. Is God included?
If you have time, read Job. Who do you identify with in the story?
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Something to pray
Lord, through the work of your Spirit reveal to me the centre and focus of my life.
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May I humbly follow the way that Christ shows to me.
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Today's contributor is The Rev Frazer Hawkes, a retired Methodist minister.