I worked a book festival yesterday, came home exhausted, ate, not so well, and awoke at midnight with heart burn. So I stayed up for a bit wanting to enjoy some time in Psalm 119. The first verse I read was verse 65.
Psalm 119:65 (NIV 1988) says, “Do good to your servant according to your word, O LORD.”
As I meditated on the verse I realized the following:
Ask someone to pray Psalm 119:65 to the Lord and you might hear this, “Oh Lord I need You to do good for me in this area of my life and in that area of my life . . . “
But I am convinced that this kind of praying is not what God expects from us.
In fact, I think this kind of praying tells a lot more about ourselves than we realize.
-Hasn’t God already said that He will take care of all of our needs when we but seek Him? (Matthew 6:33)
-Hasn’t God already said that He is our protector? (Psalm 34:7)
-Hasn’t God already said that we do not have to worry? (Matthew 6:34)
Now let’s go back and look at the verse we started with.
Psalm 119:65 says, “Do good to your servant according to your word, O LORD.”
I believe that the way we should pray about needs, protection and worry, using Psalm 119:65, is as follows:
-Father I know Your word and I know You. I thank You for my current financial situation, though I may not know how things will be taken care of, I trust You to take care of my needs, as Your word says.”
-Lord, thank You for reassuring me that I do not need to plead for Your protection. Your throne is above the heavens and You are sovereign over all (Psalm 103:19). Your Angel already encamps around me and delivers me according to Your word, according to Your sovereign plan for my life.
-Forgive me Lord for so many times when I worry. I know You and I know Your word and Your word tells me that the same God who adds all these things that I need (Matthew 6:33), will take care of tomorrow (Matthew 6:34).
Now be careful when you think like this and plan to pray like this. This is NOT positive confession. This is simply trusting the God of the word, because they are His words to you and me.
&n case you want to invest the time, here is a 3 minute video of me speaking on worry.
Blessings my friends,
Mark S Mirza
Author/Speaker, Common Thread Ministries