Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Thanks for praying with us.
Today we talked about Psalm 35 and considered the nature of the psalmist’s complaints to God about his enemies. This is a prayer which seems to be full of anger and requests for God’s power to overcome the wicked. We sat in the psalmist’s description of his persecution: violence against him without a cause. We wondered whether the psalmist could petition God for the destruction of his enemies without sinning. We compared this prayer to Mordecai’s denouncements of Haman in the book of Esther—his prayers against the people who were conspiring against him.
And though we didn't arrive at a complete description of the uprightness of the psalmist's heart in Psalm 35, we went to the place of the psalmist’s desperation. We felt his frustration and grief while he described his desperation for God’s deliverance.
Here are this week's requests and praises:
New Office - We'll have an unveiling event for donors and staff on May 31st. Please pray for the many things left to do to finish the space beautifully!
Discussion for Transformation - We have a public training event this Saturday at Biola University. Pray that God would bring the right people to get trained in this important method for Christian adulthood leadership.
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.
New Events - After an incredibly busy season of Partnerships, we're in a little lull, and eager to offer additional events. Pray that God would move churches and schools to sign up for talks, retreats, and trainings.
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 give them wisdom as they make a decision, and that he would call just the right supporters to our ministry.
Summer Camp Enrollment - Pray that God would bring the right students and leaders to The Academy 2016! This week, please pray especially for enrollment in the Leaders Track.
Materials Design - Pray for Peter, Veronica, Lisa, and Devan as they work this month to make final decisions about the week's material design.
Today we studied this Psalm to help us pray:
O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.