–Begin by taking some deep breaths. As you breathe you can begin to clear your mind.–
- Breath in by saying or thinking “Truth”
- Breath out by saying or thinking “Light”
-continue this breathing exercise until you feel you are ready to continue.–
Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
because of the oppression of the enemy?
O send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,Psalm 43
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.
There are so many times that I do not feel as if I truly know the light and truth of God. If I do not know them how can they guide me? At times, I have too much going on in my life to calm down enough to really hear from God. There are other times I am just too tired to stay awake let alone hear from God. The psalmist is not asking us to do anything to receive the truth and light of God. It is asking God to send it to us in the midst of our confusion. I know there are times God has done this for me. I am always shocked when clarity comes in the midst of confusion, business or depression.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus also describes himself as the light of the world (John 8:12). God’s truth and light came down to the earth through Jesus. He came into this world at a time when he was needed most. When he came to earth people were looking for salvation from the Roman armies and their lives of oppression. It was a time of oppression and confusion. This gives me hope that God is able to reach down and teach me truth and light even when I am not sure I know where to look for them.
I am able to see my way through confusion when I take the time to meditate on the word of God.
- Read the psalm slowly.
- What phrase stands out to you?
- Take 5 minutes to think about what God is telling you through this phrase.
-Please take a moment to do this exercise. –
God of truth and light, I pray that you will bring truth and light into the world. Please help the world to see your truth, and bring you light to shine in the darkness that seems to surround us at times. I also pray for your light and truth to be known into our hearts so they can lead each of us. There are times we are confused, to busy, depressed or just not sure what way to go, please bring your truth and light into these times so we can be led by your Spirit. Thank you for coming into our confusion and showing us your son Jesus Christ. Amen.