Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
7 Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
9 Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.
In this prayer, the psalmist prays for forgiveness. He comes to God knowing his sins – and knowing that God’s righteousness can cover his sins. Ellen White writes: “When you have confidence in the Mighty One, your experience is not borrowed; it is your own” (Lift Him Up, p. 185).
We all need our own personal experience of approaching the throne of grace and receiving forgiveness. Our experience with the Almighty cannot be a second hand relationship. The longing for a deeply personalized understanding of God arises from an inner thirst that can only be stilled by God. This longing is so great that the psalmist likens himself to dry ground thirsting for rain. It’s a miracle to behold what rain can do to dry, parched ground and to see how new life springs forth from the dust.
We have a wonderful promise in Isaiah 55:10 -11 that God’s Word to us is like rain to the earth and will bring times of refreshing and new life. “God desires us to learn of Him . . .” Lift Him Up, p. 185 He is waiting and willing and eagerly wanting to still the longing in our hearts for Him.