Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
Sometimes I have had to make a plea like our Scripture verse to the Lord. There was a crisis and it wasn’t lifting. I like how The Message paraphrases this verse, “Keep me safe, O God, I’ve run for dear life to You. I say to God, “Be my Lord!” Without You, nothing makes sense.”
The world and all that results from it, including our own personalities and faults, sometimes places people we love and respect in a quandary. It happens to us and we cause it to happen to those we love. Regardless of who is in the quandary, the result is the feeling of loss and confusion. We might begin to doubt where we are or what we are doing. Even in extreme cases, we may doubt our calling. That’s when it’s time to do some serious praying.
Prayer offers believers a means of acknowledging the character and purposes of God and the opportunity to seek guidance for His will for our lives. Those who come to us with opinions, criticism, “help in the name of Jesus”, or even gossip, may not even know what this does to us. And hopefully we are not doing this ourselves to others. What’s important to learn is no one wins in these situations. All that happens is distrust, confusion, discord, and lack of love for each other as Jesus loves us.
So running to God is the best first step. Listening is the next step. God talks to us in many ways, but I find that He uses His Word as His voice. Hallelujah!!! We must have fellowship with God in daily prayer and certainly situational prayer. We must call upon the Lord in our times of need.
But as believers, we must have fellowship among ourselves. The fellowship that believers share as a result of their common union with God through Jesus is expressed in life together. It is evident in worship together, in a love for one another which reflects God’s own love and in a practical commitment to one another which is demonstrated in concern for the weak and a readiness to share. “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples – when they see the love you have for each other.” (John 13:34 NKJV)
Friend, when we are opinionated, critical, speak outside of the name of Jesus, or even gossip between each other, we are not demonstrating Jesus Christ Alive in us. Sometimes the crisis we are crying out to God about comes from others wanting to take charge and demonstrate that they think they are in control. Now there is no condemnation here. We have all found ourselves to the be “subject matter experts” of a lot of things. My caution here is before you speak, seek the Holy Spirit. Discern what He wants you to do. Whether we are the givers or receivers of unthoughtful speech, we must love each other and forgive each other. And we must place God in the place where He is in control and we must follow the steps He orders for us. Will we have more days when we cry out, “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust”? We probably will. But now maybe we will understand our place in love and fellowship to one another.
Don’t believe me, believe God!