I assume that David wrote Psalm 71 but it doesn't say that for sure - just that it is a prayer of an old man. Sometimes caregiving wears us down until we can just feel old. This Psalm was a great reminder for me this morning.
First of all, I noticed the things the psalmist reminded himself of regarding how he had reacted to God. He said things like:
- In You I have taken refuge
- Be to me a rock - to which I can continually come...
- My mouth is filled with Your praise
- I will hope continually; I will praise you more
- I will make mention of Your righteousness - Yours alone
- I will praise you with the harp
- I will sing praises with the lyre
- My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You
- My tongue will utter Your righteousness all day long
That's a lot of determination, hope and courage right there! Maybe he can say these things because they are mixed in with a variety of declarations he makes regarding his relationship with God. He says things like:
- You are my refuge
- You are my rock and fortress
- You are my hope
- By You I've been sustained since birth
- You took me from my mother's womb
- You are my strong refuge
- You have taught me from my youth
These are all powerful statements of faith, I think. He is declaring his absolute trust and confidence in God and reminding himself of all God has done over the years of his life. As caregivers it can be easy to feel like God and life have forsaken us and left us to drown in day to day responsibilities. These are some wonderful declarations we can make that help us remember who He is to us - and help us remind ourselves that we will continue to trust and stand.
But here's the other thing I noticed in this Psalm: the psalmist sheer desperation. Right in the middle of trusting Him and hoping in Him the writer lets us see the pain that's in his heart. He says things like:
- Listen to me and save me
- Rescue me from the hand of the wicked
- Do not cast me off
- Do not forsake me when my strength fails
- Do not be far from me
- Do not forsake me
For some reason this really encouraged me today- to see that the psalmist was in a state of despair with trouble all around and yet he did what was important and needful. He called on God for help, ran to him for refuge and continued to declare his trust in Him.
Today my meditation will not be on surrounding troubles or on the struggles we face as caregivers. My thoughts will be on the fact that I'm gong to continue to trust Him no matter what a day brings. I will sing. I will praise. I will continue to run to Him. I'll take some time today to think about all I have seen Him do in my life and in the lives of those I love; and I will be thankful. Will you join me?
Yes, Jeanie! We will continue to trust Him no matter what the day brings to us!ReplyDelete
Thank you for bringing us these Caregivers Devotions!
You're welcome, Barbara, they are usually just my own devotions I let spill out on the page. I just type what I need to hear. lol. Thanks so much for reading!ReplyDelete