He Hears

We all have had bad days. Some of us have had bad days that last for weeks and months at a time. We know the difficulties of discouragement and the darkness of despair. We’re not alone in our heartache. In Psalm 6, the psalmist says he is “languishing” (Psalm 6:2, ESV) and that his “bones are shaking” (Psalm 6:2, CSB). He recounts how he has cried himself to sleep every night (6:6) and how his eyes have swollen shut from his weeping (6:7). But, in his heartache, he finds hope. He finds it in God’s steadfast love (6:4). He knows that God has heard his weeping and pleas (6:9-10).

We’ve all felt this kind of pain and shed these kinds of tears. And, by God’s grace, the same hope and help that comforted the psalmist can comfort us. In the darkness of our despair, we feel alone and isolated. We wonder if anyone cares or if anyone is listening. We wonder if there is any way out of the pit we’re in. The psalmist reminds us that there is. The One who created the universe created you in His image. He hears your cries. He knows your heartache. And, He can help. He can lift your gaze off your circumstances and onto Him. He can give you a new perspective that sees beyond your context to the God who holds all things in His hands. Cry out to Him. Trust in Him. Rest in His steadfast love.

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Scoreboard

In sports, every team wants a winning record. The first goal in any championship run is to at least play .500 ball, to at least win more than we lose. But, sometimes things don’t work out that way. Teams go through slumps. Players get hurt. Rookies under achieve. Coaches make mistakes. And, before you know it, our team ends up on the wrong side of the standings. It happens. It’s not always fair, but it’s reality. The best laid plans of the off-season don’t materialize. And, all we’re left to do is say, “Just wait ’til next year.” In many ways, life is like this. For many of us, there comes a time in life when the list of everything we’re not seems to overtake the list of everything we are. Our shortcomings seem to outnumber our strengths, and our failures seem to outnumber our successes. We’re not where we thought we’d be by now. Our families haven’t quite turned out like we thought. Our careers are stuck at best or in a downward spiral at worst. Wins are few and far between. Loses seem to mount. We keep looking at the scoreboard, and it keeps letting us down. And, to make things worse, it is in these dry seasons that despair seems to grow, perspective seems to wane, and hope seems like a distant dream. For just a moment, let me encourage you to take your eyes off the scoreboard. Quit looking at the standings. Instead, take a moment to remember who you are. If you are a believer in Jesus, you have been forgiven and brought into right relationship with God. You are free from the power and penalty of sin. You are greater than your failures. You’re adopted into the family of God. You are His child and a co-heir with Jesus. You are more than a winner. You are loved and accepted, and no one can take that away from you (Romans 8). So, look up. Lift up your chin. Hold up your head. You may think the scoreboard and the standings say otherwise, but you have won. You’ve won because of Jesus. Christ has conquered sin and death, and He brings us into the realm of His great victory. Rest in Him and rejoice in what He has done.