Friday, August 26, 2011
Psalm 20 NASB
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! (1a)
May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high! (1b)May He send you help from the sanctuary... (2a)
May He remember all your meal offerings... (3a)
May He grant you your heart's desire... (4a)
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. (5c)May the King anwer us in the day we call. (9b)
I love a good, old Indiana thunder storm. I like to stand out on the porch and watch the lightning, listen to the powerful rumblings of thunder, and enjoy the deluge of rain. You couldn't pay for a better show of creative power and artistry. That's the same feeling I get, and a thousand times more, when I read the promises of God. Psalm 20 thunders this great Presence into our lives. The word "may", as we find it in this chapter, speaks to possibility and probability, both of which lie within the infinite grace of God. That He can, there is no doubt. That He will, this is the very cause and heart of prayer. This is not an appeal to the reservations of God, but an alignment with the purposes of God. Prayer is not trying to get God to do something He doesn't want to do. Prayer is joining with God in the things He really wants to do. And He wants to do more than we can ask or think. So the potential of prayer is incredible. It puts us right in the path of an oncoming "storm" of God's grace, where we will be soaked with showers of blessing. Stand out on this porch of your life and take it all in.