“Be good to me, God – and now! I’ve run to you for dear life.” Psalm 57.1
Yesterday I lunched with a good friend. We talked about recent experiences, friends, hopes, dreams, and troubles. I always come away feeling better about the future after we spend time together. I used to believe it was because he listened, I know better. I feel different because I know we share a path of seeking to know, understand and walk with God. There is something special about walking with a friend in the quest to know and understand God and his role in our lives.
One question continuing to echo in our conversations is if and how to layout our troubles in front of God. We agreed that our common feeling was that we were being a bit selfish in taking that action. We also believed there would be we would do for others if somehow someone solved the problem. We discussed the issues long enough to pinpoint the essential problem and a “solution” to that problem. We never resolved what do with out viewpoint. Should either of us take it to God and ask him to implement? I could take on the role of the intercessor or he of the petitioner.
David faced the question of safety in trouble when he wrote this prayer. Saul had David trapped in a cave. David turns to the only source of help, God, and pleads his case. The interesting part is the intentional sequence of David’s prayer. Adoration of God; brief outline of his current dilemma; an excited description of his readiness to praise and worship God; and a confident call for God to “soar high in the skies and cover the whole earth with your glory!”
There are a few details coming into this scene that give us the model to follow.
On a daily basis David –
expressed to God who he was, a sinner,
expressed his belief to God that God is a savior.
In time of need David came expressing his –