Isaiah 55-58; Psalms 108-109; Hebrews 10

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David said, “For I am poor and needy, and my heart is full of pain” (Ps. 109:22). How true this rings. We know this intimately through our own situations, and we know it as we listen to others and look around us. We are indeed a poor and needy people.

We may be poor and in need financially—burdened day after day in a struggle to provide the basic necessities for ourselves and those we love. We may be poor and in need physically—engulfed by pain, illness, addictions, or looming death. We may be poor and in need emotionally—overwhelmed by disappointment, fear, worry, depression, guilt, rejection, or grief. We may be poor and in need spiritually—rebellious, doubtful, ungrateful, or struggling with feelings of being separated from God.

There are so many problems, but few solutions to those problems come solely through our own efforts. We stagger under the sheer magnitude of our needs and the needs of those around us. And then there are the times when we no longer stagger but lie broken and weary—barely able to lift our eyes toward God.

But David lifted his eyes and his voice to cry out to God, saying, “Help me, O Lord my God! Use your strong right arm to save me” (Ps. 109:26; 108:6). In the midst of cruel life circumstances, our cries echo with David’s as we plead for relief, for help in our distress. Our cries are those of a wounded heart. Our cries are the cries of a soul that has lost hope. Our cries are the cries of desperation.

God heard David’s cries and rescued him, for “He stands beside the needy, ready to save them…” (Ps. 109:31). And God hears our cries and vows, “I am ready to make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the mercies and unfailing love that I promised David” (Isa. 55:3).

But we cry out, “When, Lord?” For we need relief and healing and solutions now. We do not have, or know, the answers to our problems, but God does. What seems so confusing, so insurmountable to us, is not to God. God reminds us, “My thoughts are completely different from yours, and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isa. 55:8).

During our most difficult times, solutions are beyond our imagination, but not beyond God’s. With the full voice of authority and power, God declares, “My thoughts are different.” With the gentle whisper of love, God says, “My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” With the compelling voice of assurance, God says, “Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near” (Isa. 55:6). And when we find Him, we can also find healing and comfort for our physical needs, rest and encouragement for our emotional needs, reassurance and guidance for our spiritual needs, and patience and trust as we wait for better days.

Poor or needy? Need rescued? Tried all that you know to do? Well then, “let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him. …without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise” (Heb. 10:22-23).

And so, “without wavering,” we can “go right into the presence of God”—a presence so mighty that it is beyond our imagination. And with hope, we can believe that “God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Our hope is built on nothing less than God. Our hope could not be built on anything greater.


© 2010 Arlina Yates

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