Praying Through the Bible #73
TEXT: Psalm 143
Last week, we began looking at this topic of staying positive in perilous times — and I think most of us would agree that we live in perilous times. Between last week and this week alone, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an estimated over 100 people died in car crashes in the United States each day. According to the FBI and the National Crime Information Center, approximately 480 children were kidnapped or went missing this past week. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, over 4,500 people were sexually assaulted over the past seven days. And according to the FBI, over 56,000 households suffered a home invasion. Indeed, friends, we live in perilous times. If you made it from last Wednesday to this Wednesday without any of the above happening to you, you ought to be grateful to God.
But, as you go about your daily business over the next seven days, be aware that you are living in perilous times. However, as followers of Christ, we are given the command to “be of good cheer”– to be positive — even in perilous times, and that is what we want to continue to talk about today.
On last week, we looked at Psalm 143 to find out how David stayed positive in perilous times. We found that —
1. During perilous times, David cries out to God.
2. During perilous times, David remembers the blessings of the past.
3. In perilous times, David looked for God’s lovingkindness.
Today, we want to look at three more ways in which David stayed positive in perilous times.
1. In perilous times, David was quick to flee to God. In verse 9, David prays, “Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.”My friend, you really don’t know how fast you can run until you are running away from something in order to save your life. It is one thing to run as fast as you can on a track at the park or on a treadmill at the gym. But, it is another thing to run as fast as you can when you are running away from a criminal who means to do you harm.
2. In perilous times, David seeks God’s leadership. David prays in verse 10, “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” During perilous times, we often try to take matters into our own hands. We think that God is not moving fast enough , so we try to resolve matters on our own. Unfortunately for us, we normally end up only making matters worse.
3. In perilous times, David asks to be restored. In verse 11, David prays, “Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.”The word “quicken”means to make alive, to restore, or to revive. David does not want to come out of his perilous situation beaten up and broken down. He wants to come out stronger, better, and ready to take on the next challenge. So he asks God to restore him and revive him. This focus helps David keep a positive perspective.
You will indeed face perilous situations in this life. If you respond to them like David did, you can keep a positive attitude and outlook no matter how terrible those situations may seem.