“Lord , God of my salvation, I cry out before You day and night. May my prayer reach Your presence; listen to my cry. For I have had enough troubles, and my life is near Sheol. My eyes are worn out from crying. Lord , I cry out to You all day long; I spread out my hands to You. But I call to You for help, Lord ; in the morning my prayer meets You.”
Psalms 88:1-3, 9, 13
We don’t know much about Heman the Ezrahite except that he was a “son of Korah”, that he wrote Psalm 88 and that he was a sad man. The psalm is written to a tine called “Mahalath Leannoth” which means “suffering and affliction”, which Heman must have suffered a lot of during his lifetime-thus he cries out to God to act on his behalf. He begins with: “Lord , God of my salvation, I cry out before You day and night. May my prayer reach Your presence; listen to my cry. For I have had enough troubles, and my life is near Sheol”. Hemon knew God was his salvation-he knew God was his only help. He says, “its to You, Lord, I cry out to both day and night”. He asks God to listen for his prayer to reach His presence and to listen to his cry. He states that he’s had enough trouble and that his plight is bad enough that he is drawing near to death (Sheol).
Hemon states that he’s cried out and laid his petitions before God so much that his eyes were worn out from his crying.
In contrast to vss 10-12 whr Hemon asks rhetorically if those who are dead declare His wonders and praises, he confidently declairs in vs 13, “But I call to You for help, Lord ; in the morning my prayer meets You,” with the implied expectation that God would answer him!
All of us have tough days in life. Many have extended periods of weeks and months of difficult times. Some even experience such difficulties for even years, decades and in some cases, even lifetimes. God’s love and faithfulness, however is neither indicated by, nor gauged by the extent of our difficulties. GOD HAS PROVEN, ONCE-FOR-ALL HIS LOVE FOR US ON THE CROSS!
Embrace His love today!
Think about it!