Today From Psalms
The title of Psalm 102 reads: “A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the Lord.”
We all deal with difficulties, calamities, afflictions and just general trouble in our lives. Job 5:7 says: “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.”
In our times of distress, we call out to God in the same manner the writer of this psalm does. “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.” (Verses 1-2)
We ask God to hear not just ignore us. We desire greatly that He hides not His face from us but sees our troubles. And we want an answer speedily.
But is all this just futile crying out to God? Does He hear us? Does He see our troubles? Will He answer us?
Verse 17 gives us the answer we need. “He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.”
Verses 19-20 reminds us God does see and hear. “For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death.”
So, cry out to God but cry out in faith. He does hear, and He will answer us.