Week 50 Wednesday

Level Ground

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 143-145

Key verse: Psalm 143:10

It’s a cry for help.  And it comes from one who was well acquainted with danger: a shepherd named David.

He was

  • A courageous warrior
  • A confident king
  • A man of deep faith

And he wasn’t afraid to ask God for help.  When he dwelt “in darkness like those long dead,” and when his spirit grew “faint” and his “heart” was “dismayed” – he knew where to turn.

His prayer was a simple and direct one: “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”

Level ground – an interesting image for this former shepherd to use.  He knew mountain cliffs and crevices – and the lions that could hide there.  He knew rich pasture and still waters – and the peace that could be found there.  And he knew who could lead him to find them.

So when your life feels like just one more roller coaster ride; why not borrow David’s prayer?  Why not take it as your own?

Ask God, the Good Shepherd, to take the lead.  You will soon find yourself beyond the cliffs and crevices; sitting beside cool, calm waters.

You will find yourself once again on level ground.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Good Shepherd, thank you for leading me to the Promised Land of refuge.  AMEN.

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