This psalm has twenty verses: ten of sadness and ten of hope and joy. Asaph is in some kind of great trouble, and calls out to the Lord all during the night. On and on he goes sharing his pain with God in prayer.
Then watch what happens. In verse 11, as though his heart is emptied of all pain, in comes a rush of hope. Now that Asaph has nothing more to think about in his own pain, he begins to recall God’s faithfulness to God’s people in times past. This gives him hope to know that the same God who did great things long ago will do great things for Asaph now.
Feel the flow of Asaph’s prayer. Maybe there is something that makes you sad in your life. Take this to God in prayer, remembering that God wants you to be happy and will give you what you need to find happiness and peace. So let your life by like today’s psalm, and wait and see what wonderful peace God is going to bring to your heart!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
In my trouble I seek You. v. 2
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.
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