Fresh Hope – 25th July 2016

Psalm 142 says ‘I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble.’

We all, if we’reĀ alive, have some kind of complaint, need or trouble, I encourage you today not to keep telling people around you of your need but cry out to the Lord! He is a safe place to pour out our trouble.

‘When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.’

Oh dear! It sounds like the psalmist is on a real downer, but what he’s saying is that at some point people will always let us down, even parents can’t save their children. If we look to people to save us they will end up as a snare to us.
The statement ‘no one cares for my life’ isn’t saying ‘woe is me I’m all alone’ or a declaration of ‘independence’ but rather ‘dependence’ on God as provider, that there is a need in us all no person can meet. Not so we become an island but to stop us placing the responsibility for our success or failure on others, as only we are responsible.

But then he goes on to say:

‘Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name.Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.’

What a great ending! When we’re no longer depending on or blaming people for our life, but trusting in God, we end up surrounded by great people.

Make your plea today to the one who cares, take responsibility and realise that parents, spouses or friends can’t meet our true needs. When we’re no longer desperate to be accepted by people for the wrong reasons, we find people accepting us for the right reasons and we find ourselves forming relationships with other likeminded christ-minded people!

Life is wonderful, let’s make the most of it together!

Luke Cartwright

A daily devotion for a better way of living.