Daily D – Psalm 70:1-5
Psalm 70:1-5 For the choir director. Of David. To bring remembrance.
God, hurry to rescue me.
LORD, hurry to help me!
Let those who seek to kill me
be disgraced and confounded;
let those who wish me harm
be turned back and humiliated.
Let those who say, “Aha, aha!”
retreat because of their shame.
Let all who see you rejoice and be glad in you;
let those who love your salvation
continually say, “God is great!”
I am oppressed and needy;
hurry to me, God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
LORD, do not delay. (CSB)
Notice the beginning of this psalm, the words unnumbered located before verse 1. These words provide context. These words provide insight. Notice especially these words: “To bring remembrance.”
Turn a few pages back in your Bible or locate Psalm 40 on your device. Find verses 13-17. These verses are almost exactly the same as Psalm 70.
Again, recall the unnumbered words of Psalm 70: “To bring remembrance.” David has prayed this prayer before. God said, “Yes.” David prayed it again. He prayed it not because the words are magical. He prayed it not because the words create leverage with God. He prayed it because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
As God has been, so shall he ever be. When God’s Word shows us God’s will, we should use it to inform and shape our prayers. This is true for Psalm 23. This is true for Matthew 6:9-13. This is true for many other Bible prayers.
The Book of Psalms is filled with prayers to instruct us how to pray. We have in this collection the words of humans to God which have become God’s words for humans. When we do not know how or what to pray, Psalms will always show us the way.
A book in my collection guides me through prayers found in the Bible and teaches me how to pray like Abraham and Moses and David and Peter and Paul to name a few.
Some prayers, like the Model Prayer, aka the Lord’s Prayer, are worth committing to memory and using day by day as a guide to our thinking, deciding, and behaving. Psalm 23 reminds how God is with us in all things in all places at all times and that we are never out of his care.
Some prayers are worth praying again and again. Christmas is the answer to many prayerful hearts over many centuries. It is God’s Greater Yes to the terror, pain, loss, and suffering of ages past.
Christmas is the ultimate evidence that God is with us, that he loves us, that he saves us, and that our proper response is praise for who he is.
May we learn how to pray from those whose prayers are preserved for us in the pages of the Bible.
May we learn to lean on the presence of our God at every moment.
May we live in expectancy of what he will do now, next, and forever.
I will pray prayers long prayed which teach me how to pray today.
Our Father, your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Teach us to pray. Amen.
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Jeremiah 18:1-4 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:7, 8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)