Psalm 32:5b-6 “you forgave the guilt of my sin…Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found;”
[You have proved yourself trustable in your forgivenss, giving us the opposite of what we deserve. Therefore, in every situation, we can run to you in prayer, seek you and receive your help.
Prayer is not our last resort, or the least we can do; it is to be our first resort and it is the most we can do for anyone. I praise you that you can always be found by your children, for you are consistently with us, always watching, always ready to help: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).
Praise you that have called us to a partnership in prayer, where we must seek you, come to you in intercession, and then you will answer. It is a warm and close relationship: wonderful, positive and powerful. It is a responsibility: we must reject the desire to fix things ourselves and instead come first to you, acknowledging and rejoicing in our weakness. Praise you for the possibility of entering into your presence at each moment and finding help. “In the day of my trouble I will call upon you, for you will answer me” (Psa. 86:7).]
“surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.”
[This danger is not an “if” but a “when.” Floods of trouble will come, but you will set us high upon a rock and keep us safe. “God is our refuge and strength…. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and foam, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof” (Ps. 46:1-3).
This is true today—as the tide of culture now is flowing against you, Lord, against your Word and your children. I praise you, Lord, and give you glory and honor, praise and exaltation, because, whatever might come, you are there in power, in love and in grace. “My soul, find rest in God alone; my hope comes from Him” (Ps. 62:5).
Help us to rest in you and your greatness today, Lord Jesus, rejecting worry, fear and anxiety, instead embracing love, joy and peace, trusting in you, living out your desire: “May the God of hope, fill you with all joy and peace AS YOU TRUST IN HIM, so that your lives may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13).