Turn to me
and be gracious to me,
as is your custom toward those
who love your name.
With my whole heart I cry;
answer me, O Lord.
I will keep your statutes.
(Psalm 119:132, 145)
2 Samuel 17:1-29
Absalom trusted Hushai but shouldn't have.
Jesus said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son" and to his beloved disciple, "Here is your mother." The world still has people who have lost their means of support, still has people able to provide nurture and companionship.
This portion of Psalm 119 assumes that we religious people are going to have a reason to complain, "Trouble and anguish have come upon me." But, the main thrust is our trust that the Lord is in charge and will make things right for us. And, because we believe this, we will act the way the Lord intended for us to act, "Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is the truth."
It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
for the throne is established by righteousness.
Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
and he loves those who speak what is right.
Prayer for Today: Choose a prayer from Joan Stott's website The Timeless Psalms.