SCRIPTURE: Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God; ruthless people are trying to kill me—they have no regard for you. But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did. Psalm 86:14-16 NIV
THOUGHT: We all have a few arrogant, sometimes ruthless foes, and even if they’re not attacking us personally, they’re attacking the things that lead to human flourishing, with no regard for God or God’s way, as David says. Again (as I talked about last Wednesday), David reminds God of the names he’s given himself: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (Ex. 34). In view of the assault, David pleads with God to turn toward the sound of his voice, to have mercy, and show his strength – in short, to live into his name!
And why should God listen? David reminds God of another important fact: because I am your servant as was my mother. Yes, the powerful, desperate king of God’s people pulls out the mother lode, reminding God of not just the present need, but the history of love between God and God’s people.
If my service is not enough, consider the service of my mother before me. I wonder how many of us could say that about a parent or grandparent? Today is a good day to thank God for a good heritage, for a generational love for God, and the blessings that have come from that. If you can’t find that in your family history, I am grateful that you made God your Father and us your family anyway. You are starting something new and good for those who follow.
PRAYER: Oh God, thank you for mothers and fathers, grandmas and grandpas who served you and loved us. Thank you for your faithfulness to your great name and promises, reaching to a thousand generations of those who love you. Help us hold the standard for the next generation.