Psalms 143: Ask God What You Want
I think that we can be afraid to ask God questions sometimes. I think that we can get nervous and feel like we are somehow bothering God or troubling him with something that is insignificant compared to all of the things He handles everyday in the universe. Or, we can feel like our questions are embarrassing or something that we should be able to handle ourselves.
However, after reading Psalms 143, you get the picture that it is fine to be specific and to be straightforward with God about what we are looking for.
Psa 143:11 Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
Psa 143:12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.
David was not afraid to lay it on the line. He knew the outcome that he wanted to happen. He also knew that God had certain attributes, and, at least in his mind, his requests were consistent with those attributes. For example, he knew that God was merciful, so he wanted God to help him defeat his enemies.
Now, what we don’t know in this situation was God’s response. As we have talked about before, God hears all of our prayers, but He is not required to give us everything we want. He gives us what He feels is best.
A little bit of speculation here: David got an awful lot of what he wanted from this prayer. He did not die at the hands of any enemies, so whenever it was in his life that he prayed this prayer, God protected him in the way that he had asked. David was praying in a way that aligned with the will of God.
Asking God is great, and we can ask God for anything. We can approach God with courage just like David did. He will hear us, and He will provide an answer in some fashion even if that answer is that we have to wait.