Answer Me Quickly

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Psalm 102 is a prayer of an afflicted man.  You can hear it in the tone of desperation when he “cries for help” (102:1).  In his distress, he turns to God with an urgent request:  “when I call, answer me quickly” (102:2).  Life can sometimes be completely overwhelming.  When it feels life is vanishing and withering without me having any control over it (102:3-4, 11).  Or when you lie awake at night “like a bird alone on a roof” (102:7).  That is when we need God’s compassion most, and we need it quick.  That is also when the strength of faith is entirely about trusting God to show up in quick time:  “He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea” (102:17).  Do you currently find yourself in such a desperate situation?  Or do you know of someone else who are in similar circumstances?  Did you turn to God with prayers of urgency, pleading for His quick intervention?  Do you expect God to show up in time to bring new life where only destruction seems possible?

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