I believe this in fits and starts. Experience demonstrates its SO true.
Tim Keller on the Psalms
Psalm 84: 9– 12. 9 Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
This would solve a lot. I'll ask for this not just for myself, but for others too (Matthew 6:19-25; James 1:2-18)
[Tim Keller on Psalm 88:8-13 ]
Psalm 86: 8– 13. 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.
STOP TRYING, START TRAINING I found this really helpful. Part 1
"Training, Not Trying In relation to spiritual disciplines, the most helpful distinction is the difference between trying to do something and training to do something.
Paul says, Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave. (1 Corinthians 9: 24-27)
I love that God's grace fights for my heart. Prone to wander, I need this new heart with new desires to be renovated daily. Wisdom Psalms like the one below help me see myself in the mirror of God's word and break free from spiritual blindness.
The reflection on Psalm 78:1-8 below is from Tim Keller.
UNDERSTANDING IS THE BASIS OF CARE / CARE REQUIRES UNDERSTANDING Understanding is the basis of care. What you would take care of you must first understand, whether it be a petunia or a nation. If you would care for your spiritual core— your heart or will— you must understand it.
THE BOX TOP TO LIFE Ever sat down to do a puzzle? Me either, but say we actually did for a moment. I’m kidding I have done a puzzle before (but I do not intend to expend the effort to complete one again!). Suppose for a moment you were given a puzzle to complete and that you were presented with an incentive motivating enough to tackle it. Now suppose that you were given three thousand pieces but no box top.
Psalm 77: 1– 4. 1 I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. 2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. 3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. 4 You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDITATION. The psalmist faces some unnamed suffering and distress (verse 2). In response he meditates (verses 3, 6, 11, and 12). The word “meditate” can be translated as “to muse,” a word related to “music.” When we put words to music, they go right to the heart. When we meditate, we work the truth down until it affects the heart. This is the key to handling difficulty. The psalmist is not just being a stoic and gritting his teeth till the storm passes. Nor is he simply venting his feelings. He redirects his thoughts and feelings toward the truth about God. His first effort, here in verses 1– 4, doesn’t seem to have helped much. So this is not the work of a moment, and learning it takes a lifetime.