Psalm 69:20–Insults and reproach have broken my heart; I am full of heaviness and I am distressingly sick. I looked for pity, but there was none and my comforters, but I found none (AMP).
We had been living through a long bad patch. Cancer, a broken back, a broken jaw, diabetes, house struck by lightning….the list seemed endless. Some of the troubles were too personal to even share with my church friends. As a consequence, I allowed myself to wallow in misery. You know. “Nobody loves me, I don’t fit in, why do I always have to be the first to speak! I think I’ll go out into the garden and eat worms!”
We all have painful times to live through but there is a way out of the pit, and the writer of Psalm 69 gives it!
Psalm 69:30-32– I will praise the name of the Lord with a song and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. And it will please the Lord better than an ox or a bullock that has horns and hoofs. The humble shall see it and be glad: you who seek God, inquiring for and requiring Him (as your first need), let your hearts revive and live (AMP).
Prayer: Lord, we’re hurting and nobody sees. They wear their Sunday clothes, but nobody sees what is under the façade. We’re hurting and nobody sees. Lord, are we just as blind to the hurts under the Sunday smiles? Help us reach past our own pain, to comfort a friend. In Jesus’ name. Amen.