1 I love the Lord; he heard my cry
and pitied every groan.
Long as I live and troubles rise,
I'll hasten to his throne.
2 I love the Lord; he heard my cry
and chased my grief away.
O let my heart no more despair
while I have breath to pray.
This text testifies to sorrow in life and to God’s unfailing rescue. Near death, the psalmist cried out and the Lord heard. Such deliverance is evidence of God’s gracious nature, and the psalmist offers this prayer of love and gratitude.
Sing! A New Creation
Difficult times occur in the lives and communities of God’s people because this is a fallen world. The confessions demonstrate this perspective:
Yet, in a fallen world, God’s providential care is the source of great assurance, comfort and strength. Through these thoughts, our trust in God is inspired.
Belgic Confession, Article 26 speaks about the intercession of Christ as the ascended Lord. “We have no access to God except through the one and only Mediator and Intercessor, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” We, therefore, do not offer our prayers as though saints could be our intercessor, nor do we offer them on the “basis of our own dignity but only on the basis of the excellence and dignity of Jesus Christ, whose righteousness is ours by faith.” Because Jesus Christ is our sympathetic High Priest, we approach the throne “in full assurance of faith.”
No greater assurance can be found than that expressed in Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 1: “I am not my own by I belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.”
In all difficult times, we eagerly await the final day when God “will set all things right, judge evil, and condemn the wicked” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 57).