Relationship With God 101

When David cried out to God in Psalm 6:2, he demonstrated for us the most basic nature of a person’s relationship with God: “Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed.” In Hebrew it is literally: “Show me favor YHWH, because frail/feeble I. Heal me, YHWH, because they are disturbed/dismayed/terrified my bones.”

While this is in a sense a very simple verse, we find it some of the most basic theology of our relationship with God:

— We are weak, physically and spiritually: “I am frail … my bones are dismayed”
— God has the help we need: “be gracious to me … heal me”
— From our weakness we call out to God and ask Him for help: “be gracious … heal …”
— When we call to God, what we ask for is His “FAVOR” or “GRACE” — never what we deserve! From our weakness we cry to Him for help.

These truths summarize our basic relationship with God. It begins with salvation: we realize that we are sinners, and cannot save oursevles, so we ask God to save us because of what Jesus did on the cross for us. But there is a sense in which we never really grow out of that same basic interaction with God: all through our Christian lives, we continually recognize our weaknesses, and ask God for help which we do not deserve.

“Be gracious to me, LORD, for I _____ .” The specific need may change, but our interaction with Him doesn’t. It is just “Relationship 101” with God.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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