Prayer is the great privilege of the believer. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus opened up the way of access for us. Now as a child of God, I can make my petitions known to Him. I can communicate and have fellowship with the God of the universe! The basis for prayer is the character of God–His righteousness and His faithfulness. This is what David recognizes in this psalm. He asks the Lord to hear his prayer, to give ear to his pleas for mercy, and to answer him according to His faithfulness and righteousness.
David recognizes that God is righteous in all that He does because He is holy, and He is faithful to do what He has promised. It is this truth that David clings to as he and his men were being pursued and persecuted by King Saul. His description in verse three almost helps us feel the pressure he was under. He felt crushed into the dirt, discouraged, and ready to give up. Those who believe that God’s servants never have dark days ought to read this psalm! Yet when David calls to mind the righteous and faithful character of God, he begins to pray. And he knows that God will hear his prayer because of who He is.
Is there anything in your life right now that you need to entrust to a righteous and faithful God? You can trust the character of God. A.W. Tozer once said, “God answers prayer not because we are good, but because He is good.” Hear our prayer, O Lord!
Father in heaven, hear my prayer today for the sake of Your great name. I commit my situation to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For more, read Psalm 143:1-12; Matthew 7:7-11