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Paul rightly said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8.31). King David knew by experience the awesome saving power of God. God, who conquered the chaos of the world, is the One who reached down into a troubled world and rescued David.
Then the Lord thundered from the sky;
and the voice of the Most High was heard.
He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies;
with flashes of lightning he sent them running.
The floor of the ocean was laid bare,
and the foundations of the earth were uncovered,
when you rebuked your enemies, Lord,
and roared at them in anger.
The Lord reached down from above and took hold of me;
he pulled me out of the deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemies
and from all those who hate me—
they were too strong for me. (Psalm 18.13-17)
As you pray through these verses, remember the times when God protected you or rescued you from trouble. Take a few minutes to thank God for his activity in your life.
If you are worried, anxious, or troubled about events in your life, let these verses increase your faith. God is mighty, but he also “reaches down” to help people like us. State your need before God and trust that he is there to help.
The Prayer of a Good Person
The Book of James says, “The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect” (James 5.16). The Bible tells us that a good person is not someone who is sinless. The good person is someone who has a relationship with God and who follows God’s instructions. The first Psalm outlines the qualities of a good person.
Happy are those
who reject the advice of evil people,
who do not follow the example of sinners
or join those who have no use for God.
Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord,
and they study it day and night. (Psalm 1.1-2)
King David was confident of his relationship with God and followed his leadership. He was aware of his sin, but also knew that God was pleased with him. Therefore, he could pray in confidence.
When I was in trouble, they attacked me,
but the Lord protected me.
He helped me out of danger;
he saved me because he was pleased with me.
The Lord rewards me because I do what is right;
he blesses me because I am innocent.
I have obeyed the law of the Lord;
I have not turned away from my God.
I have observed all his laws;
I have not disobeyed his commands.
He knows that I am faultless,
that I have kept myself from doing wrong.
And so he rewards me because I do what is right,
because he knows that I am innocent. (Psalm 18.18-24)
I am hesitant to declare my innocence in the same way that David did. However, I know that I am living in a friendship relationship with God. As I pray these verses, I tell God that I am good only because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
Because of Jesus, we all can live in a personal relationship with God. We can praise and thank him for his goodness. We also can ask him for help in times of need, confident in his desire to help.
This is God!
The Book of James tells us what God thinks about humility. It says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4.6); and “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4.10).
King David was the greatest leader in the history of Israel, but he approached God as a humble servant.
O Lord, you are faithful to those who are faithful to you;
completely good to those who are perfect.
You are pure to those who are pure,
but hostile to those who are wicked.
You save those who are humble,
but you humble those who are proud.
O Lord, you give me light;
you dispel my darkness.
You give me strength to attack my enemies
and power to overcome their defenses.
This God—how perfect are his deeds!
How dependable his words!
He is like a shield
for all who seek his protection. (Psalm 18.25-30)
This is the relationship that God has with people who are his humble servants. As you turn these verses into your own prayer of thanksgiving, use God’s care for the humble as a “tool” to give him praise and thanksgiving. You can say:
— God, you are faithful. I can always rely on you.
— God, you are completely good.
— God, you are pure. There is no question that you are perfect and holy at all times.
— God, you are the Savior of my life.
— God, you give me light and push the darkness out of my life.
— God, you give me strength and power to overcome the obstacles in my life.
— God, your activity is perfect and dependable.
— God, you protect me like a protective shield.
To get the most out of this Psalm, please turn it into your own prayer. No matter where you find yourself today, you can pray these verses as an appeal for help or praise for help that has been received.
May We Pray For You?
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