Thursday, October 11, 2018

Daily Devotion: A Prayer of David

Bible Reading: Psalm 25

Key Verse: Verse 20 – "O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee."

Key Words: deliver me

Psalm 25 is a prayer for deliverance. It would be difficult to believe that David is crying out to be delivered if all you read from this Psalm were the first ten verses, for only once in these first ten verses does David even hint that his life is in jeopardy and that is in verse 2 when he cries out, “Let not mine enemies triumph over me.”

In Psalm 25 David is being pursued by King Saul who is hot on his trail. David is cornered and believes his death is imminent, so David cries out for help and describes his need for help in five ways.

 1. Verse 15: he is trapped (David is in a dilemma).
 2. Verse 16: he is desolate.
 3. Verse 17: he is distressed.
 4. Verse 18: he is in pain (David feels defeated).
 5. Verse 19-20: he is overwhelmed (David is depressed).

Someone once said, “Prayer and helplessness are inseparable for only the one who genuinely sees himself as helpless can truly pray. Your helplessness calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas.”

So it was in the prayer of David, for his prayer was a cry of help from one who was helpless.

What to do:
✞ When you’re helpless and all seems hopeless, pray!!

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