Outstretched Hands

April 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

If your read through Psalm 143 you find a lot of complaints, but deep down it is an earnest pleading to be heard by God.  “O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy…” (143:1).  It is the prayer of someone who knows his needs and limitations, experienced the hardship of life, and knows that God is the only refuge in difficult times.  Dwelling in the darkness by this person at first caused a spirit that grew faint and a dismayed heart (143:3-4), but ultimately it led him to remember a faithful God and thirst for God with outstretched hands (143:5-6).  His outstretched hands in the morning received the assurance of God’s unfailing love.  I came across this beautiful poem by Chris Altrock based on Psalm 143:  “Like the night, trouble has fallen heavily upon me Lord.  Here in the darkness, my hope flickers like a dying candle.  But then I meditate on our history together.  I recall all we’ve been through together.  And suddenly the darkness is not as dark.  My trouble is like the night, Lord, but you are my morning.”


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