One morning, as I read the Word, I was overwhelmed by the thought, “Save us and help us…that those you love may be delivered” (Psalm 108:6, italics mine). I’m always impressed by the absolute confidence David had in his relationship with Yahweh. I mused over ‘those you love…’ Am I so confident? Suddenly my heart surged up towards Yahweh, “Father, “I cried, “those you love are in trouble here; our Lydia is still so poorly! You have brought her this far, please, deliver her. Restore her to health and happiness, I pray! Those you love cry to you for help, please be our Healer.” A great sense of peace filled my heart and my thoughts were turned to another Psalm.
Sometime ago I was in a prayer meeting when the leader encouraged us all to personalise Psalm 91:14-15 and use it as a basis for prayer, confidence and comfort. I did this eagerly, and rewrote it into my Prayer Diary, where it looks like this:
‘Because she loves me,’ says Yahweh,
‘I will rescue her;
I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name.
She will call on me, and I will answer her;
I will be with her in trouble,
I will deliver her and honour her.
In the aftermath of my heartfelt prayer for Lydia, I mused on these verses. Loving Yahweh does not, apparently, prevent us from needing to be rescued; nor does it stop us from getting into trouble! But loving Him does make all His resources and promises available; a unique blessing poured out where love reigns. “We love Him,” writes the apostle, “because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19; italics mine).
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