Saturday, March 10: Oh, you God-seekers, take heart!
On Saturdays we'll worship God through a selection from the Psalms. For a few weeks, we'll read from The Message.
Read Psalm 69:30-36
Let me shout God's name with a praising song,
Let me tell his greatness in a prayer of thanks.
For God, this is better than oxen on the altar,
Far better than blue-ribbon bulls.
The poor in spirit see and are glad—
Oh, you God-seekers, take heart!
For God listens to the poor,
He doesn't walk out on the wretched.
You heavens, praise him; praise him, earth;
Also ocean and all things that swim in it.
For God is out to help Zion,
Rebuilding the wrecked towns of Judah.
Guess who will live there—
The proud owners of the land?
No, the children of his servants will get it,
The lovers of his name will live in it.
Perhaps again with a mysterious glimpse hundreds of years into the future, the psalmist echoes a number of themes from Jesus, this time from the Beatitudes. Or might Jesus have been looking back to this psalm? In any case, both of them speak of the poor in spirit, at the end of their rope; and of those who seek God, out of pure spiritual hunger and thirst.
When's the last time you were at the end of your rope, thinking of giving up the fight? When you felt that, did you have emotions of self-pity or futility? Or did you tell God how thirsty you were to taste of the pure water of his grace and his intervention? How can you make yourself more ready to do the latter, not the former, the next time you feel like you don't have anything left to do?