Psalm 70: Praying with Purpose
The central theme in Psalms 70 is that David wants God to help him quickly. He knows that God is powerful and all that, but he begins and ends this very short chapter by emphasizing that he wants help right now.
Psa 70:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD.
Psa 70:2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.
Psa 70:3 Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha.
Psa 70:4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.
Psa 70:5 But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying.
We all know that God has His own timetable. Sometimes, we want things to happen right now, but we recognize that God is ultimately in control of that and that everything might not happen exactly the way we want it to. David must have known that as well, but it did not stop him from asking God for what he wanted.
David was not afraid to pray confidently. He didn’t beat around the bush. He told God what he wanted. He didn’t command it in some kind of disrespectful way, but he did not leave any doubt as to what he was asking for.
We need to be in the same way. Prayer is a powerful privilege. We are allowed to bring anything to God.
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
This verse does not make exceptions. We can bring every request we might have to God. It doesn’t guarantee that He will make it happen the way we want, but we can ask for big things to happen. We can ask for God to intervene in situations. We can ask God for protection. We can praise God for being awesome and above everything else.
David did all of that in this Psalm, and I think it provides us with an example of praying with a purpose.