Friday, April 24, 2009

Knowing God

Psalm 28 sounds like a prayer to God from a desperate person. Picture this person living in a culture that ignores God. It is an urgent prayer filled with human emotions we can all identify with. People in desperate circumstances compound their problems by turning to unreliable sources for help. They turn to people, themselves, or false solutions. But this worshiper imagines God as a solid, unbreakable rock. All he wants is assurance that God hears his prayers and is not silent to his pleas (v.1-2).

This is the challenge facing all who pray. Our view of God determines our response. Does God hear our prayers? Does God see how life is unfolding? Does God care? Unbelievers turn away from God for these very reasons. They do not regard the works of the Lord or the works of his hands (v.5).

But the God of Psalm 28 is not passive. God holds each person accountable. God will give to them (the wicked) according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; … according to the work of their hands; [and] render them their due reward (v.4.

For this worshiper, God is utterly dependable, so he says, blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. (vs.6-7)

Re-read the psalm; notice how God is described. Knowledge of God is indispensable to a faith that does not buckle under pressure.

Heavenly Father, teach us more about your ways, your name, your reliability and your power to hear and respond to our prayers. Help us walk by faith and not just by sight. Amen.