February 20, 2018                                                                                               

Psalm 22:23-26 “For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.” vs. 24

The psalmist is full of thanksgiving as he joins the congregation in their prayers. The Lord has heard his cries and did not abandon him in his affliction. Sometimes when we read words like this we might think, “Well, good for him…but that’s not been my experience!” Many times we just don’t have such a rosy attitude about our relationship with God. In those moments, it’s helpful to remember that this is the same psalmist who touched our hearts with his plaintive cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” We won’t all have the same God experiences, and our attitudes can change markedly within the span of only a few hours or days. There are times when we do feel abandoned, as though the communication lines with God have been totally wiped out. But, as we continue our praying, circumstances change and the same lips that heaped curses on God will be moved to sing a song of praise. That’s what it’s like to be in a long-term, committed relationship. In the worst of times and in the best, our loving God will always be near, and ultimately, we will always be lifted up. Our prayers will reflect our mood—what’s important is to keep praying—and be confident that God always hears.

Thought for the Day: What is the mood of my prayers today?