1 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all the day.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me.
8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
9 All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant,
and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
Because I am a human being, not a number bible counter - Edward and I were married in 1986 - this Psalm always reminds me of marriage. Please remember I've been reading the Bible for decades and have used lots of memories to find and remember Bible verses.
This Psalm is not the part of marriage created by lovely wedding planners, but regular life. Marriage, if you've been married for any amount of time, you know, isn't just about the feeling between two people, but also the way two people encounter life events together. Sometimes life feels like a storm on the ocean with two people in a row boat.
The two people in this row boat have something secure to hang on to. They believe God is listening when they pray. They believe their small part in life matters. Even when that boat is a good place to be, they know life rocks the boat. They believe God is their answer. When difficulties come, they believe they will be continue to hope in God. Because He alone is God. In this life and the one to come.
Edward has a diagnosis of a terminal illness. And for many years Father God has given Edward a willingness to say Heaven is with Jesus and is Paradise. We are praying for healing, for Edward to have his soul sustain his Brain with the Lord's Word, but not to have his brain quit and have a vegetative state for a man who has done Youth Ministry, Sacrificial Father Love to his two sons, enduring Love to his wife and a determination each day to exercise his mind and body. With good cheer at what is accomplished each day.
What is the Good News here? Edward does not get very forlorn. He gives calm opinions, mostly. God is equipping Edward to do what God asks of Edward. Your continued prayers would be appreciated.
I've noticed His results, what is prayed for is the Holy Spirit comforts. Casting our cares upon Jesus is Jesus tenderly holding this.
Father God, I am asking for the gracious goodness of this Psalm be Your Blessing.
“The Lord bless Edward
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on Edward
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace
and give you peace.
So they will put Jesus' name on the Edward, and I will bless them.”’
Thank You, Father God. Amen.
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