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Reflection & Prayer on Psalm 55:16-23 (Mar-Jun 2010)

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by Edward Fudge
March 14, 2010

For several years,my brother Robert Fudge of Athens, Alabama, has woken about 4:00 a.m., poured a cup of coffee, then, as part of his personal devotions in the Psalms before going to work, has written a reflection relating those particular verses to his own life, ending with a prayer. I am blessed by these readings each day, which Robert now shares upon request, and I wanted to share this sample with you. Robert’s email address is [].

by Robert Fudge

“But I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. God, who is enthroned forever, will hear them and afflict them (Selah) — men who never change their ways and have no fear of God. My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant. His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords. Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.”

Why is it so difficult for us to trust God and to cast all our cares on him? Why do we not feel the peace in our minds and our hearts that we read about in his word? When our hearts are set on trusting him, why does he seem so far away from us? Why do we doubt that he hears us or sees our plight? Why do we even question if he really exists? These are questions that most (if not all of us) have asked at times. Probably not out loud so anyone else would hear us – but we have asked them in our hearts as we struggled in some dark moment of our lives.

Paul said he faced those times where he felt the sentence of death and he despaired even of life so that he could learn to trust God rather than himself. As Jesus struggled in the garden in deep agony, he prayed for hours and finally an angel came and strengthened him. Notice that even Jesus needed help from God! Abraham saw the provision of God when he trusted him in obedience and offered his special son as a sacrifice.

It is only when we have made it through the storm that we can see the light of God shine in our hearts. It is only when we have faced the ravages of the lions den in our hearts and have been delivered by the hand of God that we can know the peace that comes with the assurance that God is in control. Most of us have faced these and God has brought us through. We just need to look back, recognize God’s deliverance, praise him for it and rest in complete assurance that he will never leave us or fail us.

Praise God!

O God, giver of life and all that is good, I praise you for the deliverance you have given me in my life. I thank you, not for the suffering and problems that I have faced but for your safe keeping and the solutions you have provided. I thank you and praise you that I can know you will always lead me, defend me in your will and give me peace. In Jesus’ name I pray.

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