In between a super early errand and work I had little less than an hour of free time, so I headed to Starbucks, sat on a tiny table right in the middle of the coffeshop and started reading. There was a guy sitting across me with a Venti size cup of coffe, about 75 years old, and just watching everyone that was coming in. I couldn’t help but wonder what his life story had been like. I always do that. I always wonder about the story behind the face, it fascinates me. I was having a pretty interesting morning myself. I was having one of those moments where you don’t find yourself perhaps where you ideally would like to be, but you are there anyways. So I just wanted comfort. Comfort from my Comforter. I flipped the pages read something about Job’s life, but it wasn’t necessarily what I wanted to hear I guess, or more like what I needed. I ended up on Psalm 86.
1 Hear me, LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3 have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, LORD;
listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
9 All the nations you have made
will come and worship before you, Lord;
they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, LORD,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths,
from the realm of the dead.
14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
they have no regard for you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;
show your strength in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
just as my mother did.
17 Give me a sign of your goodness,
that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
for you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
Uuh yeah! It was like drinking a really cold Gatorade after running a mile. My soul needed those words so very much. There is something so ridiculously beautiful about God’s word being so relevant to whatever particular spot you find yourself in life. They were for David 3,000 years ago, they are for me 3,000 years later at Starbucks. Thanks to Him being abounding in love.