#12 of the #21 Days of Prayer- notes from Pastor Chris Erwin
How to pray better? Psalms 27 : 1-6
Scholars do not know what season of life King David was in when he wrote this but some believe it is when his son Absalom was trying to take over and kill David.
David did not pray to destroy his enemies. He did not ask for this pain and trial to be removed. He said, ” The one thing I ask of the Lord , the thing I seek most is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”
In the middle of this battle, this pain, David wanted to get closer to the Lord.
May the theme of our prayer life be to draw closer to Him. As we draw closer this scripture tells us what will happen. The Lord will conceal us in times of trouble. He will hide us in His sanctuary ,His tent, His inner chamber. Just like the executive residence of the White House, it is protected. Guaranteed protection. He will place me out of the reach of the enemy.
We will never get rid of the troubles of this life. BUT, we can be in a place where we are just out of the reach of our enemy. Know God is on our side. IF God is for me, whom shall I fear?
He NEVER lets go of us.
Lord, May I never lose the wonder of your mercy. My hope is in you Lord. I want to draw closer to you. Hold my hand. Hold my heart. Just as King David said, I want to live with you forever. Lead me to new depths of the river . New depths with you Lord.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me
to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.