O God, do not be far from me…

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Psalm 71: 12 O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! 

This psalm is attributed to King David in the latter part of his life. David has been through a lot over the years. He’s seen God’s deliverance many times. He doesn’t express doubt that God will save him again, but he does wish that God would do it – NOW.

This morning I’m particularly drawn to the first part of this verse, “O God, do not be far from me…”. We got a new puppy recently, a dachshund named “Penny”. She’s a cutie as all puppies are. And while Penny is getting more comfortable in our home, she still gets anxious when Jana leaves the room. She whimpers and barks like a child crying out for her mama. Then when Jana reappears she immediately calms down. Nothing about her surroundings have changed, but she’s in the presence of one who loves her, cares for her, protects her, trains her. She has nothing to fear while Jana is around. And Penny knows it.

This morning there are several things in my life which remain unresolved. Questions which remain unanswered. And while my usual plea is “Fix this God!”, this morning I’m taking a cue from David. “O God, do not be far from me. Let me dwell in your presence that my spirit might be at rest. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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