God is available when you are in deep distress. I love the way David cries out to him here:
“Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold, I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping; waiting for my God to help me.” 69:1-3
“Let their homes become desolate and their tents be deserted. To the one you have punished, they add insult to injury; they add to the pain of those you have hurt.
Pile their sins up high, and don’t let them go free. Erase their names from the Book of Life; don’t let them be counted among the righteous.” 69:26-28
Don’t you find this prayer relatable? I mean, we’ve all had our moments where we secretly want God to hold back his never-ending mercy from our enemies. Don’t let them go free! Just me! Why is it that we don’t think God is still God to our enemies?
Who in your life do you have a hard time forgiving?
Do you expect God to be merciful and extend his grace to them the way he does to you?
And I’m thinking of deep enemies here. The ones we go to war with, the ones politics divide, or the people who tear apart families and blow up their lives with their addictions.
“Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.” 68:5-6
I love, love, love those words!
God prioritizes the vulnerable, but his forgiveness and mercy is available to all who reach for it, to all who humble themselves and cry out to him. All.
Do you pray against your enemies, or for them?