Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
Psalm 143:1, 8, 11 NIV
Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. Lord, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.
Psalm 144:1-4 NIV
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:18-19 NIV
…“It’s better that one man should die for the people.”
John 18:14 NLT
I read these psalms as prayers yesterday as I waited for my friend to go through his chemo and radiation treatments. I prayed that God would save him from fatality, rescue him from the power of unchecked cell divisions. God heard, not because of our righteousness, but because God is faithful and righteous.
My friend remains hopeful because he trusts in the Lord’s unfailing love. The Rock gives him strength to do battle. Whether he is victorious over disease or brought into the mighty presence of God in heaven, he will sing a new song of praise to the One who died for all the people, Jesus.
2 responses to “Psalm 143-145, John 18:1-18”
These Bible passages remind me that we sometimes are captured by the enemy, stripped of our weapons, and forced into slavery to the powers that be. Yet, we are not victims when we remember our Lord is Lord of all; He is able to strengthen our hearts and minds to endure and accept the struggles of this world. Thank God that we are called to another world, another kingdom, another life; it makes living here in these circumstances bearable.