Thursday, January 29, 2009

Psalm 86:1-13

A Prayer of David.
Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,for you answer me.
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord,and shall glorify your name.
For you are great and do wondrous things;you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord,that I may walk in your truth;unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,and I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your steadfast love toward me;you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

This psalm is ministering to my soul today as I face the weight of disappointment. I received a letter this afternoon from Hope for New York informing me that they have chosen another candidate for the position of Volunteer Coordinator. I didn't realize how much I had placed my hope in this job until the door was slammed in my face. So for the last few hours, I have knelt before the Lord, asking Him to be the lifter of my head. To remind me that my hope is not set in any job, but in Him. To comfort me in the denial of a desire for this job by bringing my heart back to desiring Him. I trust Him. I trust that He is good and His goodness extends into every crevice of my life, even when I see disappointment, He is working out His will. He will provide. He is abundant in lovingkindness, the one who gladdens my soul, the one who hears my prayers, and He alone is God.

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