January 26, 2018

Psalms 25:16-… Turn to me and be gracious unto me for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.

Consider my afflictions and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.

Consider how many are my foes and with what violent hatred they hate me.

Oh guard my soul, and deliver me.!

Let me not be put to shame for I take refuge in you.

May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

            David writes with such honesty at times, it is hard to relate. Have you ever felt lonely and afflicted? I have, and it is a desperate feeling.  In those times, this psalm speaks to me. During one particularly lonely time I came up with this phrase. “I am ok being alone but I hate being lonely.” And I have found that i can be lonely in a crowd. I went to a large high school. I think there were 600 and some kids in my class. But, I was lonely because I didn’t see my friends.

Friends seem to make the difference between loneliness and not.

Verse 14… The friendship of the lord is for them that fear Him.

            David wrote of friendship with God.  God understands the value of friendship. Do you have any friends? How do you know? We have a wealthy friend who says, “I don’t know if I have any real friends. I would find out if I had no money for awhile.” A friend loves you even if you have nothing. In fact during a time of nothing, a true friend will come to you with help. God does that.  During a time of trouble and distress, God will deliver you. That is true friendship. This psalm points to the importance of knowing God. if you try to live for God without knowing him, you are hurting more than the person who is making no attempt to live for God.

            God invites us to know Him. He even commands it. (see john 17:20-21)

“May integrity and uprightness preserve me.” Those are available to the people who know God. Otherwise, we might say, “Let money and position preserve me.” Have you discovered that money and position are fleeting parts of life. You may have them for a season, but you can lose them quickly. Some friendships are like that as well. They last for seasons. But, some friendships, like the one we have with God, last through season after season.