Sunday, 22 June 2014

Caught Up

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” (Psalm 51:10-12).

I feel like there are times in life when we can get caught up. So often we get caught up in the moment, event, activity, busyness, excitement, or disappointments. We can get caught up in what we have done, what we are currently doing, or what we hope to do.

We can get caught up and in that end up losing what keeps us grounded.

This morning I felt this sense of being caught up in various things and a desperation to find my footing. As a flipped through different verses this morning I found myself stopping at Psalm 51, a passage I actually spent a month earlier this year reading aloud every morning. I now find myself remembering why I took that time.

The prayer of humility and desire found in Psalm 51 places perspective on the things that can catch us in life. We can find ourselves experiencing the opposite of the requests the author penned when we are too caught up in moments, experiences, and emotions. Our hearts can become cluttered, our spirits wavering. We can feel far from God, without joy and peace in our salvation. We can feel weary and unwilling to walk with God.

When we get caught up our feet can be lifted so far from the ground that the foundation that sustains us feels distant and shaky.

It is a passage and prayer that I believe many would benefit from humbly speaking out each day. I know for myself that I cannot rely on self-sufficiency, as it tends to lead me to disappointment.

Perhaps the most miraculous part of seeking God in a humble prayer as this is that he responds. He brings our feet back to the ground. He restores us, brings joy, and changes our hearts. His grace is always sufficient for every weakness that we have.

If you are getting caught up and finding yourself a little lost, take a moment to ask God to plant your feet. He cares, he listens, and he brings you back to a firm foundation.

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