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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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.