God is Not Far Off

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.” [Psalm 22:27]

You might remember that Psalm 22 begins with these words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Yet, you probably don’t know how this psalm ends. Here is the last verse, “Future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that God has done it.”  How does the psalmist go from feeling forsaken to proclaiming God’s deliverance to people yet unborn? It’s because the psalmist cried out and was delivered by God. In the midst of the wilderness, the psalmist trusted that God would not be far away and that God would extend help. The psalmist even envisioned the day when all the ends of the earth would remember God’s help and turn to God. When you are in the depths of despair like the psalmist, are you able to find your way to God? Do you trust that God will not be offended by your raw honesty? May you trust that God is not far off and stands ready to help whenever you cry out.

Prayer

O Lord, I give thanks that you are never far off. Help me to remember that you stand ready to respond to my authentic heart cries. Give me the courage to trust your faithfulness, so that I will be able share of my stories of deliverance with future generations. Amen.

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