Psalm 145: 18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Here is one of those wonderful verses of scripture that say so much in just a few words. There are two elements that jump out at me this morning:
First there is “the Lord is near to all who call on him”. We are reminded that our God is not far, far away and out of reach. He is “near”. He is ready to respond to those who call on him. God is near. And listening. To you.
The psalmist then qualifies this prior statement by telling us that God is near to those who call on him “in truth”. Looking this up in some of my bible resources, it would seem a better translation of the words “in truth” would be “in all sincerity”. In other words, the Lord is near to those who call on him in a posture of humility and reverence. There is a sense of desperation in the person praying that is lost with the words “in truth”.
This has me wondering. Do I call on the Lord in a posture of humility and reverence? Do I pray for the Lord’s guidance while intending to do my own thing anyway? Am I submitted enough to follow God’s lead when the response is not what I want to hear? Or when the door that opens is not the one I’ve asked for? Am I willing to let my own desires and agenda die in order to follow the Lord?
The truth? Too often the answer is “no”. This is a hard one for me. What about you?
Gracious Lord, the bible tells us over and over that you raise up the humble and lay low the haughty. This morning we repent for the times when we’ve failed to call out to you in a posture of humility and obedience. Too often we ask you to bless our plans rather than seeking to discern yours. Free us from the sins of pride and arrogance that we might rest in you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.