We celebrate with champion athletes when they thank their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We think giving God glory is a great tribute in success. To hear the same statement from someone who just experienced a season ending injury would sound odd. Even more awkward, if an athlete who performed badly and was defeated declared thanks to God. Yet, these scenarios are exactly what are seen in Psalms.
David would have been action figure material if he was alive today. He was a talented song writer, accomplished musician, excelled in hand to hand combat, victorious army warrior, and a handsome King. Despite all his accomplishments he humbly asks God for strength, protection, forgiveness, guidance and health. He communicated with such raw emotions that he soaked his bed with tears. Ps. 6:6
False humility? I don't think so! David had the frame of mind that grasped his utter reliance on almighty God. His words and actions demonstrated that was emotionally engaged with his Heavenly Father. Even as a powerful man he never depended on himself. While I was listening to the Psalms this week I began to visualize King David talking to God.
To be honest I have not continued to pray for my healing. I settled into to just asking for grace for today. After listening to David this week, with fresh eyes, I know that I have to make a change. It is emotionally exhausting to keep praying to God to heal me of ALS, because then I get expectantly excited. King David reminded me that I can either be exhausted trying to endure or exhausted from excitement of waiting for more of God's goodness!
I am choosing to kneel with King David and ask God for EVERYTHING! Then declare, "I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," for what He has done and what He is going to do! I just need to buy more tissues first!
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
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