Oct 23 Daily Rhythms
To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.
To “go down into the pit” should be understood as a form of punishment, and something dreadful. Notice the urgency of the Psalmist. He is crying out for the Holy One to hear his cries. And to be ignored is something to be dreaded. Do you cry out to God this way? Do you beg to be heard? Does the ear of God mean this much to you? Pray this week that he will hear you and that you will urgently need him to listen.
Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts. Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward. Because they do not regard the works of the LORD or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more.
Notice again, God’s kingdom always wins. Take comfort in this reality even while you shelter under the wings of his mercy. You who were once far off have been brought near. This is the grace of God at wok in your rescue. Thank him.
Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
You began this morning in a Psalm that cries out for the ear of God in trouble. And you end with a praise that God cares for his people. That there is always one we can count on. Sleep well resting in his care for you.