Meditating on Psalm 88:
O Lord, God of my salvation,
I have cried out day and night before You.
2 Let my prayer come before You;
Incline Your ear to my cry. (Psalm 88:1-2)
Psalm 88 is a soul’s cry for urgent help in the midst of great suffering. If you had known physical suffering coupled with engulfing fear as I had, you can so relate with the words of this psalm. To wake up morning by morning constantly burdened by suffering and the mental anguish it brings, and the daily cries for help to Him who alone can deliver and can raise up even the one who is just about ready to go down to the grave – is a great challenge to Faith and Hope, two things that must remain and never wane.
But you know what? I know a secret. Through my sufferings, I have come to know a secret, a wonderful discovery!
This discovery I’m holding close to my bosom. I draw spiritual strength from it whenever fear comes knocking. My faith has grown sturdy upon knowing and receiving it. Just by thinking about it brings me peace that passes all understanding and joy that inspires and sees me through the challenges and rigors of the day.
This is my secret:
I called in faith, this name that also saved me, and believed with all my being that He is a God who hears and comes urgently to help. Even when my whole body was numb, the signs of death, my mind connected to Him in faith:
I must believe! You are near! You will help! You see me now as I lie here alone and helpless even if I can’t see You.
I must believe that You will come now and won’t delay. Without doubts I believe in You! You are real!
(The body slowly acquiesces to death – numb, weak, and cold – but the soul cries out loudly. Faith is alive and powerful!)
And in the midst of panic, in that thin line that divided life and death, He came! He came with His light and peace that bathed my whole being and assured me of life! How can one think about life when the body is numb and cold because the blood in the veins lacks oxygen? But His peace is powerful, more powerful than any threats of death!
I have seen His light that brings life and assurance. I have basked in this light and my body responded to it for healing. Our God dwells in the light (James 1:17).
We were taught that Heaven is His dwelling place but He also dwells in them whom He has redeemed. He comes rushing to help upon our urgent cries.
Our God lives. He is real and He hears. Believe me, He will come. He will help. Our God is near! I answer verses 10-12 so that they read like this:
You work wonders for the dying,
So that the one who is just ready to die will arise and praise You!
And Your lovingkindness will be declared in the land of the living;
Your faithfulness in the place of healing.
Your glorious light will shine in the dark,
And Your righteousness will be known throughout the land!
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