"I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted." Psalm 77:1-2
There are times in everyone’s life when our soul refuses to be comforted. Sometimes the troubles of this life and the pain they bring with them are just overwhelming. (If you live long enough, you’ll find yourself there.) Sleep is impossible and all attempts by friends to say something wise and comforting ring hollow.
In those times the best thing we can do is cry out to God. The Psalmist, Asaph, says it twice to make sure we don’t miss what he’s saying: “I cry aloud to God, aloud to God.”
Get somewhere where you can do all the shouting you need to do and let loose. Pour out your heart to God; do it out loud. When you can’t yell and cry any more, your heart will begin to listen to what He has to say.
The rest of this Psalm describes how it worked for Asaph; he was writing from his own experience.
Father, You hear Your children when we cry to You. Your patience is infinite and Your love heals the pain of my heart. Keep me close to You. Never let me go. Let me hear Your voice in the night when I run out of things to say, for Jesus’ sake, amen.
Pastor Dan Giles