Suffering saps our strength.
The subtitle of Psalm 102 in the CSB is “A prayer of a suffering person who is weak and pours out his lament before the LORD.”
This psalm is a prayer for those who are weak from suffering.
This psalm reminds us that we can cry out in urgent prayer in our day of trouble and ask God to hear us and answer quickly.
LORD, hear my prayer;
let my cry for help come before you.
Do not hide your face from me in my day of trouble.
Listen closely to me;
answer me quickly when I call. (v. 1-2 CSB)
This psalm reminds us that God reigns forever and our painful circumstances are temporary. Our day of trouble lasts for a season, but God’s faithfulness will never end.
But you, LORD, are enthroned forever;
your fame endures to all generations. (v. 12 CSB)
And this psalm reminds us that God is paying attention to our prayers. Suffering makes us aware of our own powerlessness and our need for God.
He will pay attention to the prayer of the destitute
and will not despise their prayer. (v. 17 CSB)
Suffering is part of the human experience.
The psalms remind us of this.
Jesus did too.
At the last supper He shared with his disciples, Jesus reminded them that suffering would mark their experience in this world. And He equipped them with the truth they needed to endure it. Jesus conquered the world!
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
When you are weak from suffering, remember these things.
Pray. God will hear.
Be courageous! Jesus has conquered the world.
Father, thank You for the truth of Your Word. Thank You for hearing my prayers when I am weak from suffering. And thank You for sending Jesus to the cross to conquer the sin that creates it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.