Learning to Sit at His Feet

31 Days of Following Jesus

October 28, 2017

“Me and You” or “You and Me”

Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly
(Psalm 86:1-2a).

Like David, we often cry out with a mixture of “me” and “You,” our own need mixed with desperation.

I love how this psalm starts, with David visualizing God as a human, a father in the heavens. He asks Him to bend down, take notice, not be silent.

Then he vomits his emotions.

David’s poor—without resources or power. He’s needy and desperate. He feels his very life is in danger. And it may have been, as David had many enemies, but he was also fighting an internal enemy, his own feelings and emotions attacking him and his well-being.

David begins his initial ask focusing on “me and You.” I need help; I am godly. He’s in touch with his need, but gradually his perspective shifts as he focuses more on the Lord. He ends with a declaration of his heart at rest: “You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me” (Psalm 86:17).

It’s as if it dawns on him–it’s not “me and You” but “You and me.”

– Maggie Bruehl,
Staff Emeritus
Office of the President

Prayer Requests:

When I pray in desperation, help me to realize that it’s not all about “me,” but it is about “You”–Your power, Your glory, Your justice. Help me to unload pent-up emotions and allow You to carry the burden. Amen.

Pray for God’s people to turn to Him in prayer, seeking His kingdom to come and His will to be done. Pray that we will put to death the deeds of the flesh that lead to quarrels and divisions.

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