Suffering’s Silent Shout
My cry reaches the ear of God.
Not by my effort.
I have no words.
The pain has rendered me mute.
My mind knows not what to pray.
I merely groan, waiting,
Hoping, not seeing,
Needing a Daysman
To bridge the space
Between my heart and God’s.
His Spirit within
Searches my heart,
Sees my need,
Hears my cry,
Knows the mind of Christ for me;
And carries my heart’s true desire
To the Mediator who hung
‘Tween Heaven and earth for me.
They know –
The Spirit –
What I need.
He works all things
For my good.
He uses the pain,
The groanings that have no words,
To His image,
The Christ Who is for me,
Who freely gives me all things,
Who is at His Father’s right hand
Communing with His Spirit
Who lives in me.
The pain that makes me mute
Begins His glory in me.
The tribulation cannot separate me from Him.
My cries are not unheard.
When I can only groan,
The Triune God
Thunders on my behalf.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellers there is safety. ~Proverbs 24:3-6
Sometimes, God’s will for us personally or for our family, may run contrary to everyone else around us. He may lead you in a way that is not easy or that seems illogical to others. But if HE is leading you, He will be providing for you, too.
But how can you know what His will is for you if you don’t know what He is saying to you?
Have you been here?
“The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” ~Psalm 18:4-6
Facing death? Drowning in fear? Swallowed up in the dark?
The Psalmist David draws such a vivid picture of his despair.
He also lets us know right away what his first response to this trial was – He called out to God, crying for deliverance.
So, how did God respond? I love these phrases! (Emphasis mine):
” Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.” ~Psalm 18:7-15
Whew! When God is touched by the cries of His children, He doesn’t mess around! He MOVES on the behalf of His children.
And even though He has all of nature crashing about in His anger, His actions toward His child are just precious:
“He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.” ~Psalm 18:16-19
He draws us to Himself, above the battle’s fray. He delivers us. He holds us steady. He brings us to a safe place.
I don’t know what enemy you’re facing today. I have no idea how much pain you are in, or just what need you have; but I do know your God, if He is this God of the Bible.
He can deliver you. He can bring you into a place of peace. He will show you mercy as you walk in obedience to Him.
“Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;” ~Psalm 18:24-25
God will bring light into our darkness.
“For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” ~Psalm 18:28
No matter your trial today, call out to Him. He will hear and will deliver. Then walk forward in obedience into the light of His presence.
Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. Isaiah 50:10
Excerpt from the blog waaaay back in 2009 (https://obtainingmercy.com/2009/07/22/hope-in-his-help/):
There will be things in our lives that we do not understand. In fact, we may go to our grave having never fully grasped what God was doing in a certain situation in our life.
We must, however, remember that God’s wisdom and knowledge are so deep that we cannot know them. We could search our entire lives and never understand His ways.
He is that much greater than we are.
So why is it that we try to tell God how He should do a thing?
I find myself constantly informing God of situations that need His intervention. Or I go to Him in prayer, only to begin praying out my plan for how He could solve a problem.
What in the world am I thinking?
Ah…maybe that’s the problem: I am only “in the world”. I am human. I am not divine. I do not have the tiniest inkling of the understanding and wisdom that God has.
Let’s have the faith to stop micromanaging God. Just let Him take care for things. Take our hands off the situation, and with a heart full of hope in His promises, give it to our awesome God.
He has promised that He will work it to our good. Allow this trial to work out a greater faith and trust in your heart as well.
God is still on the throne. Even in the dark, we can trust Him to do His best for us in every situation.
I was talking about this yesterday with a friend, and I felt I was struggling to express my thoughts. This morning I found the perfect quote by Nancy DeMoss:
My praise of God and to God is so powerful in my own life. It pours out blessings that I’d miss otherwise.
This subject of praise is so multi-faceted and there is much to remember. I’m so glad the Lord is patient with me as I re-learn some of these truths.
“In every situation…
“When prayer teams up with gratitude, when we open our eyes wide enough to see God’s mercies even in the midst of our pain, and when we exercise faith and give Him thanks even when we can’t see those mercies, He meets us with His indescribable peace. It’s a promise.” ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude, Your Journey to Joy