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Praying in Hope

Psalm 22:25-26 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows. The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him—may your hearts live forever!

Last week, I quoted from the 22nd Psalm the words Jesus quoted when He uttered on the cross, "My God, My God have you forsaken me." In the very same song comes a declaration that the poor will be cared for by God. This means, even the very person who feels abandoned by His God, will be rescued by the same God. The same person that could utter a cry of abandonment could also say those who seek the Lord will praise Him.

This is not simply some disturbed, confused person, but rather the song of one who has learned to pray. This is one who, over a life time of suffering, has learned that though it is hard to feel like little is gained by going to the Lord, more is to be lost by running from Him! Though God seems to afflict His children, even that affliction must be for our good--and it will not last. 

This suffering will not last precisely because those who are God's like Him will go on forever. So the blessing, "May your hearts live forever!" is not some empty blessing but the very guarantee that fills the one who prays with hope. 

Jesus empowers such powerful prayer by being the first person who endured terrible suffering only to be raised up to the right hand of God, all who go to God are following Him. This reality is the very thing that can keep the dejected child of God praying in the midst of their terrible sufferings.

Don't give up if that is you, for you do not pray in vain. Your vindication, your satisfaction is soon.

Pastor Jeremiah