“For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.” vs. 24
While being a follower of Jesus includes being a part of a community, most of us probably relate to God from the perspective of an individual. We might have a sense of what is going on for others, rejoicing and grieving with them in our life together, but we also have very private feelings, thoughts, and desires. Often others don’t even know about those personal struggles with purpose, faith, and health. Presumably that’s what had been happening with the psalmist. He had been dealing with some major affliction, maybe even feeling forsaken, and had been crying out to the Lord both night and day for relief. And then he got an answer! His prayer was answered–and now he wants everyone to know. He even announces his healing to the whole congregation. What a blessing it is to have a community with which to share such good news! It brings encouragement to the body and enhances our witness. Too often we are silent about what is going on within. We swallow our hurts and disappointments and even muzzle our good news. We don’t have to make public announcements like the psalmist–that could be a little much for us–but it certainly is nice to have a group with whom we can share joys and sorrows. That’s what it means to live in Christ!
Thought for the Day: With whom do I share my ups and downs?