Cries in the Night | Psalm 88:1-9a
Today's Passage: Psalm 88:1-9a
Key Verses: Psalm 88:1-4
LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death. I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength.
I wish life was one big party. One whopping celebration. Rich fellowship. Continuous laughter. Good health. Long life. Conflict-free. Prosperity. Days filled with wave after wave of blessing. However . . . the reality is . . . sometimes there are cries in the night.
Twice in today's passage the psalmist says that he is overwhelmed. He is buckling under the weight of his troubles. His strength is gone. He is in the "lowest pit," the "darkest depths." He feels "confined and cannot escape." His eyes are swollen from the tears. Been there?
Challenges are unavoidable as we make our way through this life. Some are as annoying as a dead battery in your car. Some are as awful as an illness stripping the strength from your body. Some leave us overwhelmed, crying out in the night. When we cry out though, God is there. He listens. He hears. He acts. Sometimes he takes away the challenges. Sometimes he works on our overwhelmed souls and replaces the storm with his peace.
Thank you, Father, for hearing my cries in the night. Thank you for reaching down and calming my overwhelmed heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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