Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Needy Yet Radically Loved

Bend down, O God, and answer me.
For I am miserable and needy.
Every time I’m in trouble I call on You,
confident that You will answer me. 
~Psalm 86:1, 7

The Psalms are full of cries and needs.
Although we generally don’t like
being around people we label as “needy,”
apparently God doesn’t mind a bit.
David was constantly telling God how needy he was. 

I have never heard David called the “needy King.”
When we pour out our troubles to the Lord,
who is the One who wants to hear about them,
then we can walk in the confidence and strength
that He gives us in response to our cries.
There are days all we can do is cry out.
We wake up facing challenges and
concerns and prayers deep in our hearts.
If we don’t release them as cries,
we will be left carrying them as burdens.
And God doesn’t want us carrying our own burdens;

You, God, are both tender and kind,
immense in love, and You never never quit.
Look me in the eye and show kindness!
Give Your servant Your strength!
Make a show of how much You love me. ~15-17

When we recognize the nature of God—
His kindness and compassion and love—
we can go before Him in confidence,
and say like David:
Make a show of how much You love me!
Lord, I freely acknowledge that I am needy.
Have mercy on me for I give myself to You.
You are so good and Your love for me
is unfailing and unending.
Your strength is my portion and
Your kindness, compassion and love are my gifts.

With all my heart I will praise You,
O Lord my God.
I will give glory to Your name forever,
for Your love for me is very great. ~12-13

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