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Not drowning… but waving (Psalm 143)

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Just like Psalms 141-142, here's another psalm revealing King David's reaction to severe pressure. His situation in this one seems to be one step further: it’s on the brink of engulfing him...

Read Psalms 143:1

Watch the signs of change in David as he prays through his situation...

Under strain
Read Psalms 143:1

• What is David pleading for?
• What does he appeal to (v 1b, 2b)?

Shattered
Read Psalms 143:3

• What's happening to him (v 3a)?
• How does he feel (v 3b-4)?

Dry
Read Psalms 143:5

• What does David do (v 5)?
• Does this help (v 6)?

God's care seems to belong entirely in the past (v 5)—David seems to have no experience of His favour at the present time (v 6).

Longing
Read Psalms 143:7

• Which phrases here show how urgent David’s prayers are?
• What does he appeal to (v 8b)?

Dedicating
Read Psalms 143:9

• What's he asking God here?
• What does it mean to “hide myself” in God?

Remembering
Read Psalms 143:11

• What are David’s requests?
• What does he grip on to about God's character?
• How might this sustain him?

We're not told the outcome... just left with the reminder of God's unfailing love to His people (v 12).

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APPLY
Dark times do come: of trouble, doubt, opposition, struggle... When they do, remember this: you're not the first. You're not
alone. You're not without help. A crisis is also the opportunity to take hold of the faithful God.
• Will you do so?
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Originally published December 04, 2011.

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