“In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me (Psalm 86:7).”
It is after 8 pm and I am still at work. It has been an exhausting day.
The day has been filled with technology problems, personal conflicts and stress. It shouldn’t be over either, because I still have plenty of work to do. But I will leave it for another day. After all, the Bible does say that it is vain that we rise up early and go late to rest because of our work because He gives us sleep. I could really use some.
After a day like this, how am I supposed to face tomorrow? Well, the Bible seems to give some answers.
Take the issue of personal conflicts for example. If someone is out to do me dirt, then ultimately their intentions will come to nothing. At least that is what Proverbs tells me (Proverbs 26:2).
I intend to face tomorrow with prayer. The fellow who wrote Psalm 86 said he was poor and needy (v 1). I feel the same. The Psalmist provides me with an example because he pleaded with God for assistance. He asked for God to listen to him and to guard him. He asked God to bring him some joy. He asked for God’s mercy and strength. The Psalmist also asked for a sign of God’s goodness and put his enemies to shame. ( I could surely use this!) He also asked for help to walk in His truth and unite his heart to fear Him.
While praying, the Psalmist acknowledged who God is. He is forgiving and good. So if I didn’t do my part in my stress today, I can look foward to God’s forgiveness.
There is no one like God. So I can expect Him to come through with mighty deeds.
God loves me and is my deliverer. So I can expect Him to show these attributes on my behalf.
God is also slow to anger, faithful, compassionate and gracious. So I can expect Him to take note of my predicament, exercise patience with my failures in these circumstances and take me through them.
God is surely worthy of praise. I can depend on Him.
I can keep praying. I guess I am ready to go home now.