You have seen, O LORD; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me!
Thanks for praying with us.
Today we looked at a well-known Psalm, one that we all grew up with. Psalm 139 felt familiar, though we had only treasured bits and pieces of it. We noticed that the entire psalm feels cinematic, sweeping back and forth between the intimate and the cosmic.
At the end of the Psalm, the psalmist dares to pray against his enemies, claiming that he has "complete hatred" of them. And though it looks and feels out of place, we realized that the Psalmist prays this only because of what comes before. It is only against the backdrop of God's total knowledge and total presence that we venture to offer our will in alignment with God's everlasting way. And even then, we can get it wrong. Even then, we need to ask God to search and know our hearts as we seek to ask for what he wants and loves.
Here are this week's requests and praises:
New Office - We'll have an unveiling event for donors and staff on May 31st. It's going to be tough to get the space put together in time. Please pray that no more projects go long, and that the rest of the funding we need to do it properly comes in asap!
Discussion for Transformation - Saturday's event went spectacularly well. Thanks for your prayers!
Trainings Marketing - Pray for Chad as he comes up with a new strategy for marketing Discussion for Transformation, Teach Them to Pray, and the forthcoming From Duty to Discipleship in the fall. It's essential that these trainings continue to grow, both for the full execution of our mission and for the stability of our business plan.
Holiness Training - Pray for Peter and Chad as they develop Wheatstone's next new training event this spring. We're in the final stages, with the deadline fast approaching.
Sponsorship Campaign - We want to reach more families in lower-income communities than ever before, and that will require a bigger Sponsorship Fund than ever before. Pray that God would move many, many people to help extend the gift of Wheatstone to youth who otherwise couldn't experience it.
New Benefactors - We're forming new relationships with people who may be called to be major donors to Wheatstone. Pray that God would move a few new friends to become benefactors soon, so that we can head into conference season with better confidence and security than ever before.
Summer Camp Enrollment - Pray that God would bring the right students and leaders to The Academy 2016! Please pray especially for enrollment in the Leaders Track. We'd like to ask God to bring a dozen more Leaders to attend.
Today we studied this Psalm to help us pray:
Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me!
Take hold of shield and buckler
and rise for my help!
Draw the spear and javelin
against my pursuers!
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation!”
Let them be put to shame and dishonor
who seek after my life!
Let them be turned back and disappointed
who devise evil against me!
Let them be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the LORD driving them away!
Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the LORD pursuing them!
For without cause they hid their net for me;
without cause they dug a pit for my life.
Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it!
And let the net that he hid ensnare him;
let him fall into it—to his destruction!
Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD,
exulting in his salvation.
All my bones shall say,
“O LORD, who is like you,
delivering the poor
from him who is too strong for him,
the poor and needy from him who robs him?”
Malicious witnesses rise up;
they ask me of things that I do not know.
They repay me evil for good;
my soul is bereft.
But I, when they were sick—
I wore sackcloth;
I afflicted myself with fasting;
I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother;
as one who laments his mother,
I bowed down in mourning.
But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered;
they gathered together against me;
wretches whom I did not know
tore at me without ceasing;
like profane mockers at a feast,
they gnash at me with their teeth.
How long, O Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their destruction,
my precious life from the lions!
I will thank you in the great congregation;
in the mighty throng I will praise you.
Let not those rejoice over me
who are wrongfully my foes,
and let not those wink the eye
who hate me without cause.
For they do not speak peace,
but against those who are quiet in the land
they devise words of deceit.
They open wide their mouths against me;
they say, “Aha, Aha!
Our eyes have seen it!”
You have seen, O LORD; be not silent!
O Lord, be not far from me!
Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication,
for my cause, my God and my Lord!
Vindicate me, O LORD, my God,
according to your righteousness,
and let them not rejoice over me!
Let them not say in their hearts,
“Aha, our heart's desire!”
Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who rejoice at my calamity!
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
who magnify themselves against me!
Let those who delight in my righteousness
shout for joy and be glad
and say evermore,
“Great is the LORD,
who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
and of your praise all the day long.