Psalm 145:17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. (ESV)
Anytime I begin to feel sorry for myself, or to think that my life is hard and no one cares (you can fill in your choice emotion of this nature here), I like to go to this Psalm. I begin with verse one, and just start conversing with God about it.
He is my God and my King (v1). I thank him for that totally undeserved privilege. I tell Him how humbled I am at what it cost to make me His child. I ask Him to make my heart tender to long for others to be in this eternal family.
I confess that when I’m on my “pity party” I am not blessing His name every day (v2) I ask Him to keep me in His Word, to change my heart to desire Him more and more so that blessing His name will be as constant and as natural as breathing is to most people.
Ok, that’s just two verses — by verse 8 I’m not concentrating so much on my problems and my worries, and God is beginning to take over. Imagine the heart of praise and thanksgiving and wonder by verse 21!
We all have requests to take before the throne. We all have burdens. God wants us to pray for each other, and to take our requests to Him. But let’s not let the “requests” overwhelm us so that we neglect to just enjoy God –to spend time praising Him, confessing to Him, thanking Him, asking Him, and interceding for others.
God is my King, and I will praise Him!