Scripture: Psalm 25:16-18 “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged, bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.”
Observations: In Leviticus the Lord gave instructions for a Sabbath rest of the land, and the year of Jubilee. I never understood why property would return to the original owners. Can you imagine giving someone a year to change their mind about buying a property. The seller couldn’t move forward and in today’s world it would be a financial disaster. This chapter also showed the right way to treat the poor. Psalms 25-26 are great anyone feeling picked on. In Acts, Paul tries to explain how he came to the position he is in, but the Jews again attack him. To save him, the Roman tribune takes him to be flogged and questioned, but then finds out Paul is a Roman citizen. Saga to continue tomorrow.
Applications: I do not feel afflicted or lonely myself, but I have several friends who are in troubled situations. I think it is important that they can read these Psalms and put their trust in the Lord, for verse 8 says “Good and upright is the Lord”. Verse 10 says: “All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.” Faithfulness WILL draw your hearts closer to the Lord so that loneliness will not be in our vocabulary. Sometimes when I am the most alone, I feel the love of the Lord surrounding me.
Prayer: Father, it is my prayer this evening that you can make your presence known to my lonely friends this evening. Lord, I know they are facing troubles, and Lord, you can relieve their trials and pains. I pray that you will intervene in their situations and show them your steadfast love.
Tomorrow’s Prayer: Leviticus 26-27; Acts 23