Psalm 70 is very important in my life. I pray it over and for others… I ask people to pray it for themselves and others. ”I’m weak and poor; come to me quickly, O God. You are my savior and my Lord. Hurry to my aid.” (Psalm 70:5 GNB) Today this Psalm was in my daily lectionary reading (a guide) and in my prayer. Thank you, God! I write down prayer requests and often date these prayers in my bible. I write them both when I ask and when God answers.
Today, God, Almighty God showed me His goodness through His actions on the Ark’s behalf. He amazed us once again. Thank you! Thank You, Father! We received a surprise gift. We must be like the one person in ten that Jesus helped who returned to thank Him for healing. Lord, You are marvelous, wonderful indeed, and a faithful doer of Your word.
It is my belief that Psalm 70 is being used to perfect me. It is part of my continuing journey into His perfection. Too often in early years, I’d say, “I can’t,” when asked to do something I hadn’t tried before. An example is teaching deaf sign language class. I thought, “I can’t! I’m not fluent!” However, the thought in my head that I couldn’t do what God asked, was only Satan, lying to me. Today, because God kept calling on me to use my gift for teaching, I can teach deaf signing.
I learned more “deaf talk” (sign) quickly. At first, I did not understand all the conversations. Deaf people also read lips better than me. I had to choose to be mature enough to ask them to help me understand. As I became more comfortable with that, I could ask for their help with other things. Admitting that “I forgot the sign for _____…” [I would finger spell the word, while they patiently waited; but usually, they already knew my need from reading my lips.] What Father God showed me was that allowing people to help me built their self-esteem! “Show and Tell” is a teacher’s tool. That tool works both ways for the good of all.
My growth as a sign language teacher happened only after I admitted that I didn’t know or understand it all – to be humble rather than stubborn. Confession helps heal in many ways.
Admitting our own lack of understanding of a situation or circumstance does not mean we are stupid. People who are deaf are not stupid. They simply don’t hear. You and I are not stupid about other people or God or various topics. We are all ignorant of understanding and insight in many ways. Admitting that allows others to educate us. We want God’s education above all, so, ask the Holy Spirit’s help first!
Now, read Psalm 70, verses 2 and 3. Satan (with his despotism and principalities) wants to stop us from doing God’s work. He and his minions put evildoers in our paths daily to ”turn us back” (vs. 2) and tempt us to give up (vs. 3). But continue reading in verse 4: “May all who come to you be glad and joyful. May all who are thankful for your salvation always say verse 5: “How great is God! I am weak and poor; come to me quickly,
O God. You are my Savior and my Lord—hurry to my aid!” (Speaking of teaching people who are deaf, our special deaf bibles arrived for the new bible study!)