Night after night, and taking no sleep by reason of thoughtfulness, care, and trouble, the Psalmist bemoans his being either forsaken by his friends and acquaintance; or, being in melancholy circumstances, he chose to be alone, mourning over his sorrowful state and condition.
Is there any cause? Does not the whole Word of God direct us to prayer? Let the afflicted present his cares to the Almighty for He cares for you. If not taken to the Lord in prayer, even good men may be almost overwhelmed with afflictions. It is our duty and interest to pray; and it is comfort to an afflicted spirit to unburden itself, by a humble representation of its griefs.
Some of our needs are obvious, especially physical ones; but many of our heaviest burdens are completely hidden to those who would pray for us — unless we share them. How can we fulfill the law of Christ in all its potential if we refuse to admit our burdens to one another?
Isaiah 30, “…For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength “
“We are dying creatures, but God is an everlasting God, the protector of his church; we may be confident that it will not be neglected. When we consider our own vileness, our darkness and deadness, and the manifold defects in our prayers, we have cause to fear that they will not be received in heaven; but we are here assured of the contrary, for we have an Advocate with the Father, and are under grace, not under the law. Redemption is the subject of praise in the Christian church; and that great work is described by the temporal deliverance
and restoration of Israel. Look down upon us, Lord Jesus; and bring us into the glorious liberty of thy children, that we may bless and praise thy name.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. God is an
everlasting God. Do not let us overlook the assurance this psalm contains of a happy end to all the believer’s trials. Though all things are changing, dying, perishing, like a vesture folding up and hastening to decay, yet Jesus lives, and thus all is secure, for he hath said, Because I live ye shall live also.”
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the
world walks out.” – Walter Winchel
We discover true friendship when false ones forsake us. We learn to prize freedom when we are in danger of losing it. “…if you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31,32)
Lord, help me to turn the other cheek. I have been forsaken, and I want to grow stronger from this pain. I now know the truth and I pray to seek the freedom that waits for me past this pain so that I can effectively pray for Your truth to set others free in Jesus Name. AMEN.