“Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.”
Psalms 40:11 (NIV)
Oh the lies that we believe. Those insidious thoughts that drive us crazy. Our internal dialog so often leads us into unnecessary grief and pain. William Backus in his book, “Learning to Tell Myself The Truth” writes, “You can know the truth somewhere in your brain’s storage cells, but not know the truth in your internal monologue. All too often we make ourselves miserable and keep ourselves miserable by listening to a nonstop stream of inner nonsense – even when we know very well that the nonsense runs counter to divine truth.” In today’s passage, the Psalmist is crying out to the Lord for His mercy. He is asking God to protect him with His love and truth. It is knowing the truth that keeps us from all the madness. Martin Luther wrote, “We pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation’, so that God would guard and keep us lest the world, our flesh and the devil lead us into misbelief, despair and other great shame and vice.” Today might we let truth guide us. Might we challenge our negative thinking and any lies that would temp us from believing in the love and mercy that God has for us. May His love and truth protect us.
Father, do not withhold Your mercy from me. Please help me to trust in Your love and believe the truth you have given me in Your word.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
The truth sets me free
Discernment, wisdom, knowledge, these are all related to knowing the truth. They are all gifts from God. Today, meditate on each. Ask God for discernment. Sense what it would be like to be discerning in difficult situations. Picture God giving you the wisdom you need to solve mysteries and know what truth is in complex situations. As you meditate on knowledge, ask God for the knowledge you need to distinguish what is right and wrong. See God coming to your aid through the knowledge that comes from communing with the Holy Spirit and knowing His word. Feel yourself thirsting for truth, searching for it and then receiving it. Praise God and affirm, “The truth sets me free.”
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