Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Be gracious to me and hear my prayer

     Do you ever just feel pulled under? Sad? Discouraged? Some people are always happy. I know some of this has to do with our personality types. And through the years the descriptions have gotten far more complicated than when the first personality tests came out. Generally on the surface people have thought I am a bubbly, sanguine person. Then they get to know me and find me rather "complicated". I am about 30% sanguine, happy, cheerful and 70% melancholy. Yup its true. Introspective, overthinking. Now before you thoughtful people out there think I am being critical,I am not. I KNOW God created us all the way we are for a reason. AND I KNOW there are good parts to all personalities but the flip side is that if we let the bad part overcome the good...well you know. 

    SO when I feel myself being pulled under by something I pray about it and read my Bible and it seems to pull me back out because I know God gives us that inner joy and He wants us to show God's love to others. Today I came across Psalm 4. I will share  some of it with you. 

    "Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!YOU have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer ...The Lord hears when I call to Him. ..Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness and TRUST IN THE LORD...You have put gladness in my heart...In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For you alone, O Lord makes me to dwell in safety."

    This Psalm of David reflects what just happened in Psalm 3.  David's rebellious son Absalom has forced David to flee for his life. David begins by praying for grace. David warns against letting one's emotions drag them down. But by the end of the Psalm he praises God for His encouragement. He thanks the Lord. Joy is not always happiness but an underlying sense of reassurance knowing God is in control.

    So as I was feeling overwhelmed today, I had to turn off the negative and praise Him for the positive. All glory to God and praise. So very thankful I have Him to comfort me and lead me along my path. I hope you too dear reader have that inner joy that only God provides. 

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