We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
This is believed to be a prayer of David. Despite pressure, physical attacks and the need for help and deliverance, the writer has a foundational belief in the goodness of God that keeps bursting out.
God is good, he is forgiving, he abounds in love, does marvellous deeds, is compassionate, gracious, faithful, slow to anger and, most important of all, God is personal, “my” God, whose great love is towards me. How come that sometimes we find this core knowledge of God’s goodness so difficult to rest upon, as the psalmist does?
God gave family, government and his people, now “the church”, as places that should be a reflection of his Kingdom, that should confirm the goodness of God. But sadly sometimes these have let us down or even – much worse – caused deep damage, so though our heads might agree with the knowledge of God’s goodness, our hearts might be in pain and crying out.
Thank heavens that we have the helper, the Holy Spirit, alongside to come and soften, restore, heal and fill our hearts with his love. We might have to be brave and face forgotten hurts, or forgive others and ourselves, we might need a trusted friend to pray with us, and we all need to keep coming to the cross to be refilled, so that we can join David in knowing the truth that God’s great love is towards us.
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth, give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.