Wednesday, April 17          Psalm 70            Rev. Steve Heyduck

Hurry, God, to deliver me; hurry, Lord, to help me! Let those who seek my life be ashamed and humiliated! Let them fall back and be disgraced— those people who delight in my downfall! Let those who say, “Aha! Aha!” stop because of their shameful behavior. But let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you,  and let those who love your saving help say again and again: “God is great!” But me? I’m poor and needy. Hurry to me, God! You are my helper and my deliverer. Oh, Lord, don’t delay!

“Whenever you point at someone else, your other fingers are pointing back at you,” is a saying I learned a long time ago. Mostly, it made me stop pointing; at least with my fingers.

I still point sometimes with my spirit. It is easier to overlook the places in my own life where the Spirit is leading me, challenging me, calling me to follow, when I can focus on someone else’s sharp edges.

But then I read Psalm 70. In only 5 verses, this Psalm manages to clear the clutter in me and help me focus on God’s grace and the truth that we ALL need it, that it is AVAILABLE to everyone, and that when I can get that right, God is exalted and I am confidently in my place.

And by “confidently in my place,” I mean, like the Psalmist wrote, “poor and needy.” This is exactly where I want to feel when I am thinking about and focusing on God. Because who does God help? The poor and the needy.

Psalm 70 helps me feel beloved by God and overcome by God’s goodness, mercy, and faithfulness; and when I feel all that, it’s really hard for me even to think about pointing at others.

Prayer: God, may we find a way to stop pointing at others, but to examine our own hearts. Help us to follow you and turn our hearts toward love.