“O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.” vss. 4-5
The land of Israel had been devastated by its enemies and the people felt that they had been abandoned by their God, the one who had established them in the land. No matter how hard they prayed their situation did not change…their land was not restored. On their behalf the psalmist gives voice to their grief and pain. Through the centuries his words have been repeated wherever people ravaged by suffering offer their laments to God. Even now some tire of being fed with the bread of tears and wonder if there will ever be a day when God will smile on them again. They long for the time when tears will stop flowing. Such are the conditions of life in this world! The good news is that we have not been abandoned even when it feels like we’re all alone and no one cares. One day the pain will come to an end and even joy will visit our hearts once more. As we wait for the dawning of that day we continue to cling gratefully to whatever shreds of faith might still remain. In those days of waiting the hugs and the prayers of friends and family are irreplaceable. Their loving kindness feeds our hope and becomes for us the smile of God.
Thought for the Day: When might my prayers make God angry?