Kristine Cucinotta Murphy
O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
2Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
3For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.
4I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:
5Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
6Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
7Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.
8Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
9Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
10Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
11Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?
12Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
13But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
14 Lord, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
15I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
16Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
17They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.
18Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.
How many have been treated poorly? Disrespected and hated? Treated as a nobody even by those in your own household?
How many have cried out to God to save them? Remove them from the situation they are in? To stop the madness and just enjoy life as it was intended?
How many who have cried these cries and felt like God doesn’t hear them. As if God has grown silent and left you for dead with no help or way out?
How many have soon forgotten we shall suffer for his namesake, that God has already delivered us and we are already set apart, a holy nation and a royal priesthood to stand in great faith and trust in the LORD with all thine heart until the day of his coming. We will be treated poorly, we will be falsely accused and even abused. We will be hated and treated poorly all the day long.
But, ye are not of this world. We have already be saved, we have already been given a way out and his name is Jesus Christ. No one is greater than his master that we should not endure the hate of the world and yes the unfairness of those in our own house. We are counted as sheep to slaughter, so remember you are holy and righteous in Jesus, obedience until death. But, that we are to shine where we are, even if it be in silence.
Remember to whom you belong. He has not forgotten you, he has not ignored your cries, he is with us, listening for us to praise him and thank him for being the Most High. For delivering us when we did not deserve it ourselves. To endure with patience to persevere and think on the things above, through the valley of the shadow of death, that darkness, even when others don’t treat you how you want them to.
We are not drowning, we are not lost. Only, a life with Jesus does come at a cost. To lose is to gain, to be hated by people is to be loved by God. He knows your needs and will meet you right where you are, so be encouraged again, dust off your knees, pick up and continue to carry your cross.