Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. Psalm 102:1-2
Psalm 102 is a serendipitously special Psalm. You see, most Bibles preface this Psalm with the following words:
A prayer of an afflicted man. When he is faint and pours out his lament before the Lord.
There are times in our lives when we must each deal with affliction whether it be Alzheimer’s disease, another form of dementia, cancer, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, or heart disease just to name a few. These are dark and difficult times as we wrestle with God over our affliction.
Today’s passage from Psalm 102 could easily be our prayer! We wonder if God hears our prayers or just hides His face during our distress. We need help and answers immediately but God does not always respond according to our “immediate” desires. Sometimes we must persevere and shine on with hope through the dark and difficult days. As believers, our firm faith, our committed confidence, our heavenly hope, our steadfast strength, our resilient resolve, and our tenacious trust must be unshakeable during difficult times. Why? Because God is with us and His grace is always more than sufficient!
You see, it is in the darkest night that the stars shine their brightest. In our darkest, dreariest, and most difficult days we are to shine like stars as we hold out the word of life (our faith) for current and future generations. God has certainly not turned his face from us. Instead, He has provided us with all the strength we need to serve Him and shine on in a manner worthy of the Gospel.
As you deal with your dark and difficult days, by all means pray. Cry your heart out to God if needed. But in the end pray with boldness that God will provide you strength, sustain you, provide you solace, and shelter you so that you might be a beacon of light. God is with you, He loves you, and He will never forsake you. So shine on today!