Wide Open Space
Are you feeling lost and alone? Wait upon the Lord!
Are you plagued by doubts and what ifs? Wait upon the Lord!
Are you bruised and broken within? Wait upon the Lord!
You are not alone.
Psalm 38 – A Psalm of David – The Message
Take a deep breath, God; calm down—
don’t be so hasty with your punishing rod.
Your sharp-pointed arrows of rebuke draw blood;
my backside smarts from your caning.
I’ve lost twenty pounds in two months
because of your accusation.
My bones are brittle as dry sticks
because of my sin.
I’m swamped by my bad behavior,
collapsed under gunnysacks of guilt.
The cuts in my flesh stink and grow maggots
because I’ve lived so badly.
And now I’m flat on my face
feeling sorry for myself morning to night.
All my insides are on fire,
my body is a wreck.
I’m on my last legs; I’ve had it—
my life is a vomit of groans.
Lord, my longings are sitting in plain sight,
my groans an old story to you.
My heart’s about to break;
I’m a burned-out case.
Cataracts blind me to God and good;
old friends avoid me like the plague.
My cousins never visit,
my neighbors stab me in the back.
My competitors blacken my name,
devoutly they pray for my ruin.
But I’m deaf and mute to it all,
ears shut, mouth shut.
I don’t hear a word they say,
don’t speak a word in response.
What I do, God, is wait for you,
wait for my Lord, my God—you will answer!
I wait and pray so they won’t laugh me off,
won’t smugly strut off when I stumble.
I’m on the edge of losing it—
the pain in my gut keeps burning.
I’m ready to tell my story of failure,
I’m no longer smug in my sin.
My enemies are alive and in action,
a lynch mob after my neck.
I give out good and get back evil
from God-haters who can’t stand a God-lover.
Don’t dump me, God;
my God, don’t stand me up.
Hurry and help me;
I want some wide-open space in my life!
Do you want some wide-open space in your life?
Then . . . Remember – Wait upon the Lord.
Turn to God, be still in His presence and ask for help. He will provide what you need – not necessarily what you want – but what you need in this moment. Do not refuse His help. Do not wallow in your issues – as a matter of fact – cease complaining and analyzing. Acknowledge your behavior – share your remorse with God. Remember . . . He already knows – He was there when you did it. Let Him deal with your enemies – the ones that seem to be coming after you in your weakness.
Put your trust in Him – the One who Saves – the One who provides wide-open space in your life – where peace abounds.