S (Scripture): Psalm 70
4 Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
5 But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!
O (Observation): The psalmist seeks deliverance from enemies, but also something to run to: a place, destination, or a great comforter. God is that comforter. And while the psalmist cannot run to the comforter physically, the spiritual comfort effects the physical, emotional, and social well-being of the psalmist.
A (Application): On a day like today, I’m frustrated and in need of a deliverer. It’s hard to be a pastor when your own father is in the hospital.
The approach is different. The questions are different. The weight on my shoulders is different.
I say quietly, and in my own mind and heart, “Hasten to me, O God. Let me know you are near. You are my help and my deliverer.”
A quiet prayer. From a state away. Confident. Trusting in God. Advocating for care from afar.
Trying to embrace the saying, “God is great!” on a day like today. Maybe you can help me with that, good friends. For we are all in this together!
I and my family will receive strength from you.
P (Prayer): Lord, you are great. We receive joy in you alone. Amen.