Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
Have you ever had one of those days? A day when an unexpected problem comes up and you have no idea how to solve the problem. The problem follows you around through your entire day. It cannot simply be pushed from your mind. Maybe you even have that pit feeling in your gut.
It can be exhausting living in this sinful world. Problems, worries, and fears arise every day and can follow for days, weeks, months, or even years. Where do you turn in these situations? What is your first instinct in these situations? Do you expect an instant fix?
In these situations, the answer lies in taking the problem to the Lord in prayer. The Lord promises to hear the prayer and offers confidence that he will be with you throughout the problem and beyond.
The reading for today is a great example of taking problems, worries, and fears to the Lord, asking for God’s strength and presence during the difficult times. Without God, there is no strength to continue. The Psalm even mentions without the Lord, “I will go down to the pit”. It is God’s promise of strength and deliverance that carries you through a rough time.
The verses in this Psalm, take it one step further, asking for not just God’s strength and deliverance, but also for God’s guidance during the situation. It is so important to rely on God’s guidance and spiritual guidance when working through a difficult time. Ask God for guidance and trust in God! God will show you the way to go!
The next time you have one of those days pause and think of these Psalm verses. Follow the example of the Psalm: pray to the Lord, trust in God’s strength and deliverance, and ask for God’s guidance. Finally, trust that God has you and he will not let you fall!
Prayer: For today’s prayer, let’s reread the Psalm verses found in the reading for today. Take your problem, fear, or worry to the Lord with these words.
Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Amen