To the one who is suffering and wavering in any faith, God knows you and hears you. To the one who is uncertain and feels alone, God is near. To the one who feels their failures have disqualified them from God’s presence, Jesus dies so that we may be qualified to enter the Father’s presence. Loved ones, many of us are hurting this morning. We’re struggling. We have doubt, we try to do right, but just seem to be unable. We feel as if God were far from us. Cry out to Him anyway. God knows you, and God hears you when you repent and come home to Him. We cannot do life on our own. We feel empty because the world promises riches, and gives us mud instead. But God give joy, peace, contentment and fulfillment, even in the worst of circumstances, we only need to trust in Him. Today, if you’ve not placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, remember: we are all sinners who’ve fallen short of God’s glory, but God sent His Son Jesus who, being fully God and fully human, to live the life we could not and to take our place. On that Cross, Jesus became sin who knew no sin that we might become His righteousness. He bore the full wrath of God for you and I. He died to the flesh, fulfilling the righteous requirement of the law, was buried, and rose again three days later, conquering death. This is how much God cares for you. He knows our frailty and our frame, and He took care of our sins through Christ Jesus. God knows and God hears, just trust Him.
O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!
Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds. When their judges are thrown over the cliff, then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant. As when one plows and breaks up the earth, so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
But my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless! Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me and from the snares of evildoers! Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.