Saturday, April 24, 2010

BOLD Outreach Reflections from Psalm 6

Subtitle: God Hears the Sound of Crying



For some crying comes easily. For others (tough and rugged individuals) crying is resisted, hidden, or reserved for the most intimate and private forms of grieving loss, loneliness and pain.
Do you see King David as one who cried easily?
Or, as one who resisted crying until he could no longer hold his pain within?

David wrote, “I am worn out from my groaning. My eyes flood my bed every night. I soak my couch with tears. My eyes blur from grief. They fail because of my enemies” (Psalm 6:6-7, God’s Word, Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, http://www.godsword.org/).

Here is God’s promise. He hears us when we cry out to Him. David had cried his heart out before the Lord and then (in the very next verse) states, “Get away from me, all you troublemakers, because the LORD has heard the sound of my crying. The LORD has heard my plea for mercy. The LORD accepts my prayer” (Psalm 6:8-9, God’s Word, Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, http://www.godsword.org/).

Today I heard someone say that God brings healing to us – not by bringing us out of adversity like a pampering parent would do to a sick child, but by bringing us through adversity by giving us the strength to endure the suffering and pain or by allowing others to serve us who can empathize with our suffering. His solution for freeing us from the punishment of sin, death, and our adversary, the Devil, is the death of His own Son, Jesus Christ. We are delivered from death by the death of another. We are giving Christ, who can empathize with our suffering. We can take comfort from the tears and groaning of the great King David. We can be sure that God hears our crying, just as David was sure that God heard his crying, and even more so, because we have the testimony of Jesus Christ’s suffering and death, which led to God’s victory over Satan.

With David, we can tell our troublemakers (Satan, doubt, despair, grief, bitterness, etc.) to go away. Jesus Christ has won the victory! God has heard our collective cry for help and has had mercy on us through Jesus Christ, our Lord. May you be comforted by this outreach promise fulfilled in Christ and have the courage to share this good news with others, TODAY.