As I read Psalm 143, I realized, once again, that I have something in common with David, who wrote that psalm. Like David, I love telling (and hearing!) personal experience stories.
But, unlike David, I often fail to give God praise for His presence felt and His power shown in each of them, whether I’m telling about experiences of great pleasure or grievous pain.
However, I want to learn to conclude my real-life stories with sentences like these, each based on God’s Word:
- All I needed, God provided. (Philippians 4:19)
- But God caused everything to work out for His glory and my good. (Romans 8:28)
- Although I didn’t know which way to turn, God showed me the way. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- I messed up big time, but God forgave me. (1 John 1:9)
Like David, I want to say to God:
I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all that You have done;
I ponder the work of Your hands.
Only then will my real-life stories have true substance. Only then will they encourage and strengthen me, as well as those to whom I tell them.