No Stranger to Pain
“But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.” Psalm 69:13
No one is immune to the problems of life, and those problems may involve your health, finances, spouse, children, or family matters. Sometimes these situations seem hopeless. Notice, though, what the apostle Paul called Jesus in his greeting to his young friend, Timothy: “. . . the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,” (1 Timothy 1:1). Hope!
Hope in God is not wishful thinking, but rather having great confidence in who God is and then tapping into His sufficiency and power.
In this Psalm, David was crying out to God. Here are the words of a broken man who was no stranger to pain — pain that he had brought on himself by getting out of the will of God and living his life the way that he chose, as well as pain resulting from other people’s actions.
Even in the midst of this great pain, David showed his great confidence in the Lord by crying out to Him in prayer. David’s life was in God’s hands — God was in charge, and he knew that God is sovereign. David pleaded for mercy; he wanted to rest in God’s grace.
Today in the midst of your pain, cry out to God with great confidence in Him who loves you and is ready to help you.
Father, in the midst of my pain, I trust You. No matter what comes my way, I will rest in Your promises. I will place each problem in Your hands and know that you are in charge. Amen.