The Sustaining Presence of God
Reading: Psalm 3; Psalm 23; Isaiah 41:10
Many of the Psalms of David were written when David was in a place of persecution, trouble, questioning or concern. His life experiences were similar to many of ours – leaving him feeling overwhelmed, out of control, and fearful at times. They caused him to wonder about the ways of the wicked; to reflect on the goodness and righteousness of God; to own his own sinfulness; and, praise God, to experience being renewed in the spirit by God. And yet in the midst of all this, David speaks of the sustaining presence of God in his life.
When David turned to God he remembered that God was with him, held on to him through the dark hours, and enabled him to live with hope, giving him inner strength and courage to go on – to face his todays and tomorrows. He writes in Psalm 54:4
Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
(See also Psalm 3:5, Psalm 18:35, Psalm 41:3)
Furthermore David writes in Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you.
God is everywhere and all the time present. He knows what each of us is facing right now. He draws near to us to lift us up, and to give us courage. Hear another of David’s words of encouragement found in Psalm 105: 4 and take it to heart for today.
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always.
Prayer and Response:
- Thank God for times in your life when He has sustained you.
- Read Psalm 23 again and note a verse or a phrase that is helpful for you to hold on to today.
- Invite God to bring to mind someone you could contact today –praying that by your contact you are sharing in passing on God’s sustaining grace to that person.
- Pray this blessing over yourself, and over people you are concerned about t
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24 – 26)