“I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.” vss. 1-2
We’re out of Lent now, surrounded by Easter, and some of us are missing the psalms of lament. Misery loves company and it was strangely consoling to hear the psalmist complain about God and give voice to feelings of depression and forsakenness. But it’s Easter now, and the tone of the assigned psalms has changed. This psalmist has a story to share, and it’s not depressing and sad. Oh, he has endured tough times and has even felt the chilling presence of death, but this time God heard his prayers and delivered him from suffering and pain. What a blessing it is when these days come in our lives! When answers are obvious and we are lifted from despair, our thanksgiving is spontaneous and effusive, “Thank you, Jesus! I love you! Thanks for hearing my cry for help!” Too often we forget this side of faith and act as though Easter was just a momentary respite on the mostly dismal road to eternity. But that’s not how it is! Easter is a season and not just a day and it stretches on for as long as we endure. We live in the age of the Risen Christ and there will be regular times for joy on the journey. We should expect to see answers to prayer and signs of God’s reign. Every day is a day of thanksgiving! We have not been abandoned!
Thought for the Day: How have my prayers been answered?