S. O. A. P
Here’s your 90 second AM devotional!
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us.
The writer is hoping, praying, believing, confessing, and declaring – “Please God,” be gracious to us and bless us. Make the light of your countenance radiate through our countenance! “Please God!”
Sometimes you can act calm, cool, and collected in your presentation of a desperate cry. And that’s exactly what the writer of this Psalm is doing. It’s a beautiful verse, a beautiful prayer, and we often use it to end our weekend gatherings to bless the congregants. But make no mistake about it … this is a “Prayer of Desperation.” Think about a world without God’s gracious kindness in our lives. Think about a life where there is no blessing coming from God’s throne to earth each day. Worse yet, consider a life where the glory of God’s countenance does not light up our lives or our world. If you think about it long enough, you will do what this writer did. You will act as cool as you possibly can, but beneath your benedictory prayers there will be a … Cry of Desperation … “Please God.”
Once again today … I’m desperate for Your Grace, Your Blessing, and Your Light. All I can say is … “Please God.” Amen