Bible Reading: Psalm 143

Psalm 143
Hear my prayer, O Lord,

Give ear to my supplications!

Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness!

And do not enter into judgment with Your servant,

For in Your sight no man living is righteous.

For the enemy has persecuted my soul;

He has crushed my life to the ground;

He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead.

Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;

My heart is appalled within me.

I remember the days of old;

I meditate on all Your doings;

I muse on the work of Your hands.

I stretch out my hands to You;

My soul longs for You, as a parched land.

Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit fails;

Do not hide Your face from me,

Or I will become like those who go down to the pit.

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning;

For I trust in You;

Teach me the way in which I should walk;

For to You I lift up my soul.

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;

I take refuge in You.

Teach me to do Your will,

For You are my God;

Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

For the sake of Your name, O Lord, revive me.

In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.

And in Your lovingkindness, cut off my enemies

And destroy all those who afflict my soul,

For I am Your servant.

 

We’ve learned over the past month from Pastor Jerry’s marriage series how the gift of marriage exists for the glory of God. Biblical marriage provides a picture of the gospel as it represents the relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:29-32). Last Sunday, brother Scott showed us how the scandalous, challenging relationship God called Hosea to with his wife Gomer paints a picture of the gospel as it represents God’s dogged pursuit and love for us “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). This brings to mind one of my first memories of gospel understanding when a Sunday School teacher taught me the “Roman Road” gospel. (Romans 1:20, 3:23, 5:8-9, 6:23, 10:9-10).

 

Like a multi-faceted diamond the gospel can and should be viewed from many angles to appreciate it’s immeasurable beauty and perfection. As we read David’s prayer for help in Psalm 143 today, we see yet another reflection of the gospel’s light.

 

David starts by proclaiming the revelation of God’s righteousness and faithfulness in verse 1. This takes us back to God revealing himself to all men through creation at the beginning of the Roman Road (Romans 1:19-20). In verse 2, David acknowledges, “no man living is righteous”, which we again see echoed in Romans 3:23 when Paul writes, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

 

As David prays for deliverance in the following verses, ultimately trusting in God’s “lovingkindness” (v. 8), so we see God’s love demonstrated to us in the sacrificial death of Christ saving us from the wages of our sin (Romans 5:9; 6:23). As our souls are dependent on the perfect life of Jesus, David implores God in verse 11, “In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.”

 

Finally, as David prays for victory over his mortal enemies (v. 9, 12), we’re called to pray for victory over our spiritual enemies (Ephesians 6:10-18). As Christians, we’re called to suit up for battle every day against Satan, our own flesh (sin nature) and the temptations of this world. Let us go fight the good fight in the strength of His might today, so our lives may be another reflection of the gospel.

 

Weekly Memory Verse: The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.  Psalm 145.8