We Need God To Think of Us
We are all victims of the human condition. On one hand we are aware of the glory of the Lord and his salvation, and we praise God for his goodness; on the other hand we are very aware of our present need.
In this psalm David is praising God for his deliverance, but he is also addressing his continued need for God’s help. He begins this psalm with, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” David knew the God of deliverance, and he seemed too often get himself into situations where he needed deliverance.
David continues to reminisce about God’s help in his life. He writes, “He lifted me out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God” (v2-3). He goes on to speak of God’s faithfulness, love and truth. Then he appeals to that love: “Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth always protect me” (v11).
He goes on to declare that, “Troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see… Be pleased, O Lord, to save me.” It is in this state of contrite calling upon the name of the Lord that he cries, “Lord, think of me.”
This is familiar territory to all of us. We acknowledge the grace of God, his love, truth and mercy; it is to those attributes that we appeal as we cry, “Lord, think of me.” When we are overwhelmed by our humanness and we are aware of our need for divine intervention we agree with David, “I am poor and needy, may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer. O my God, do not delay.”
Prayer: It’s me again Lord, and I need you to think of me. Remember me in my humanness and delivery me from my sin. Don’t delay Lord, I need your grace today. In Jesus name, amen.
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We Need God to Think of Us Principle: When we are overwhelmed by our humanness and we are aware of our need for divine intervention we agree with David, “I am poor and needy, may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer. O my God, do not delay.”
Affirmation: When I am overwhelmed by life I cry out to God, "Lord, think of me" - and he does.
Reflection: God has deliverance for us because he is thinking of our situation, but he desires that we should call upon him as a sign of our trust in him. Reflect on how David shows his trust in God as he writes this psalm. It would be good to record your thoughts as you consider how David responds to his troubles.