Psalms 6:8-10 [ESV]
Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
The LORD has heard my plea;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
As you can probably tell, I am rolling through Psalms next. I am excited about this deep study of this amazing book of lament, assurance, and praise. This passage today hits as I return to work tomorrow after being off for several weeks to recoup and spend much needed time with family, rest, and celebrate the birth of Jesus. This new year brings newness across all spectrums, but I can confidently walk forward because of my Faith in God alone. Most people make New Year’s resolutions or goals but for me I simply seek to deepen my relationship with God and make more and more about what I do in every moment in life more and more aligned with God’s Kingdom work…that starts with me.
Now this passage talks about enemies but I really don’t have any. I do have adversaries in my work life who I know the Lord has placed in my life to teach me how to ‘love’ more like He loves. Weeping, pleas, and prayer are the things David tells us God accepts from him. I can learn from this because weeping denotes transparency, pleas point to dependence, and prayer points to closeness in communication. When all of these are in effect, my adversaries only have the LORD to fear, and I can trust that the LORD’s timing is the one that matters, not mine.
So looking forward to what is ahead, even the trials I know I will face. For now, I am dwelling on the special moments I have had with my family and the blessings God has given me in food, shelter, clothing, and relationships I do not deserve.