Sunday, June 10, 2012
My favorite blogger
Sunday, June 10, 2012
King David is my personal and favorite 'blogger'; he was crying "for help" through numerous "requests", and it seems that his problem is on-going because offers his prayer "morning by morning".
His prayer consists of three requests: "Give ear to my words", "consider my sighing", and "listen to my cry". In these three requests, David uses three styles of communication: his "words", his "sighing", and his "cry":
Our "words" are usually reasoned, well thought-out expression and petitions to God.
Our "sighing" There are times, especially in times of trouble, when we are at a loss of words, we cannot even express our prayers. We have reasoned through our petitions, we have stated with words the result of our reasoning, then we run out of words. I am told (medically) that sighing is due to
shallow breathing (usually caused by anxiety) that's why deep breathing and meditation help; it calms you spirit and your body. I catch myself sighing a lot.
Finally, David prays with a "cry". David not only communicated through reasoned requests, and sighings, but also with emotive cries. Our emotions are an expression of our desire; they communicate the seriousness of your request. Christ is our example in this: "For Jesus during his earthly life offered up prayers and entreaties, crying aloud and weeping as He pleaded with Him who was able to bring Him in safety out of death, and He was delivered from the terror from which He shrank". (Heb. 5:7).
There is nothing disreputable in tears and no one should
be ashamed to weep. The fact that the Son of God wept is a full demonstration that it is not disgraceful to weep. God has so made us as to express ourselves by tears. 'Religion' should not make the heart insensible and hard as stoical philosophy does; it makes it tender and susceptible to impression.
It's Sunday today. Terence and I are pastors yet this morning he is not well enough to minister.
So, I thought I'd minister these word to ourselves and hopefully they will help you too;
"I am glad to know that the Lord hears our prayers, listens to our cries, and considers our sighs (anxieties)".