KEY VERSE: “I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes” (Psalm 119:145).
People resort to crying and weeping when their burden seems to have become unbearable without any hope of reprieve. Their tears flow out of burdened hearts and restless souls. This often has a sobering effect and God is touched by the tears of His loved ones. The Psalmist had been overwhelmed by oppression and anxiety.
He had to rise up early to cry unto God, knowing that vain was the help of man. Most of the night, he was sleepless and troubled beyond what he could bear. Then, he sought help and hope through prayer and meditation on the Word. Praying and meditating on the testimonies and past deliverances of God gave him sustaining hope. He then asked God for a personal revival. Those who had no regard or respect for the word of God were those who oppressed him. Every true believer should expect to be victimized or mocked at one time or other in the course of his Christian journey, since the values we hold dear contrast sharply with those of the world.
Since oppression is anticipated, what matters therefore is our attitude during those trying moments. We should use the occasion to seek for personal revival from God and for a closer walk with Him. We must never succumb to despair in the face of intimidating odds but diligently seek the Lord through entire consecration and prayer till He releases abundant rain of revival in our lives and in the land.
Thought for the day: Storms should not alarm anyone, for they have a short shelf life.
Bible Reading in one Year: 1 KINGS 15-16