Thursday, August 11, 2011

My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me

Just when I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, there is a cave-in and when the dust settles I realize I must continue to be still and wait on the Lord.  I cannot help echoing David's words,

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
   Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
   and by night, but I find no rest.

 3 Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our fathers trusted;
   they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried and were rescued;
   in you they trusted and were not put to shame....

11 Be not far from me,
   for trouble is near,
   and there is none to help....

21 Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!...

24 For he has not despised or abhorred
   the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
   but has heard, when he cried to him....

26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the LORD!
   May your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the LORD,
   and he rules over the nations.
 (Psalm 22:1-5, 11, 21, 24, 26, 27-28. ESV.)

My sin of frustration boils.  Why does my God not answer?  Lord, my prayers meet you at your mercy seat.  I call out to you at the foot of your throne.  I am eager for your response.  My sin of irritation weighs upon me.  Do you not hear my  heartfelt petition?!  

7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.  (Hebrews 5:7. ESV.)

You see my heart.  For you, I have great adoration!  Please hear my prayers!  Please do not leave me standing in this place.  Remove the rocks that block the Way from me.  You are my hope and my future.

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  (Jeremiah 29:11. ESV.)
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