October 18, 2017
The Lord is the God of salvation. And now, because of Jesus, we can truly call Him the God of “my” salvation. In Christ, we that were far away, have now been brought near. Although we may feel at times as the psalmist did, that our prayers go unheard and our tears unnoticed, we can be confident of our access to the Father through the Son. For all the rights and privileges of sonship are ours in Christ Jesus. Therefore, press on in prayer. The Lord hears. The Lord sees. He may be teaching us to desire Him more by allowing us to grow in persistent prayer.
April 19, 2015
According to the inscription, this psalm was written by Heman, one of the sons of Korah, and possibly the grandson of the prophet Samuel (1 Chron. 6:14). Most commentators consider this the most melancholy of all the psalms, yet within this psalm of lamentation, there is a positive question: “Shall the dead arise?” Cried out in prayerful lament, the question clearly begs the response: Yes! The Lord will “work wonders for the dead!” God will raise the dead. The psalmist was full of despair and faced imminent death, yet he hoped for a resurrection. His hope was a future hope, in a time before the Christ had come and risen from the grave. However, our hope is a hope made more certain, anchored in the reality of Christ’s resurrection and return. We may cry out to God in lamentation in this life, but we do not grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thess. 4:13). For our hope is in the Risen Lord.