The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Psalm 145 is a powerful psalm of praise written by David. The first stanzas declare the greatness of a God who is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love. This God is mighty, and his kingdom is everlasting; it will endure through the end of time, from generation to generation.
David goes on to say that the Lord is faithful and promises to be near to those “who call on him in truth” (v. 18, emphasis added). We can trust him. So, why is it that sometimes when I pray to the one who sees and knows it all, I put on my “best face”? Why is it that sometimes I couch my prayers in sentiments I think may please God instead of just telling the truth about my own brokenness?
Scripture tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. Perhaps that is because he practiced coming to his Lord in truth. We see this faithful practice all through his story and in the psalms he wrote. Whether he was hiding in a cave from Saul, repenting from his sin with Bathsheba, or declaring victory over giants who threatened to fell him, David bared his soul to God. May it be so in me.
Lord, may I learn to trust you as David did. May I set aside pretense and performance when I pray, knowing that nothing is hidden from you. May I come to you in truth. Your compassion and endless mercy is my hope.
Prayer Journal Reflections
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?
—Bonnie Perry, General Editor