Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Cry of My Heart

Blue eyes, red hair, crippled body, wide nose, pale white skin, brown eyes, kinky hair, slanted eyes, big lips, jet black hair, brown skin, straight sleek hair, large body, small-boned, blond hair, tiny nose, thin lips, freckles: the physical differences of human beings are astounding, and yet God created us all.

God made us in His image (Genesis 1:27), giving us hearts beating with life and souls longing for something bigger than ourselves. The world teems with the vast external differences of humans, but inside each person exists comparable feelings of love and pain. How do God’s many contrasting creatures deal with similar sensitivities? Differently, of course, because God gave each of us a choice and sometimes our self-will gets in the way of God's will. Only creatures turning to their Creator find everlasting love and comforting solace.

If you find yourself in a place of loneliness and agony, go to your Creator for compassion and consolation. Call out to your Heavenly Father who loves you perfectly. Lay before your God the passions of your heart, knowing that He hears and answers your cry. Allow the songs of the Israelites to assist you in your journey with the Lord. Read Psalm 130 (below in different versions) to deepen your relationship with your Maker and Redeemer. 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;

    O Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.

If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins,
    O Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness;
    therefore you are feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

O Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins. 

Adonai, I call to you from the depths;

hear my cry, Adonai!
Let your ears pay attention
to the sound of my pleading.

Yah, if you kept a record of sins,
who, Adonai, could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness,
so that you will be feared.

I wait longingly for Adonai;
I put my hope in his word.

Everything in me waits for Adonai
more than guards on watch wait for morning,
more than guards on watch wait for morning.

Isra’el, put your hope in Adonai!
For grace is found with Adonai,
and with him is unlimited redemption.

He will redeem Isra’el
from all their wrongdoings.
  (CJB-Complete Jewish Bible)

I cry out to you from the depths, Lord—

my Lord, listen to my voice!
    Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy!

If you kept track of sins, Lord—
    my Lord, who would stand a chance?

But forgiveness is with you—
    that’s why you are honored.

I hope, Lord.
My whole being hopes,
    and I wait for God’s promise.

My whole being waits for my Lord—
    more than the night watch waits for morning;
    yes, more than the night watch waits for morning!

Israel, wait for the Lord!
    Because faithful love is with the Lord;
    because great redemption is with our God!

He is the one who will redeem Israel
    from all its sin.
  (CEB-Common English Bible)

My version of Psalm 130 follows with the use of words from various Psalms. The cries of my heart scream out to my Father God. If so inclined, write your own psalm communicating to God your heartfelt yearnings. 

Lord, I cry to you from deep down in my soul where it hurts. My body feels weak and I feel faint without You. You have been my strong tower before; set my feet back on the Rock of Ages that I might stand firm. Shelter me, God, with Your Mighty Presence (Psalm 61).

Can you hear me, God? Be alerted to my cry for Your mercy; be aware of my need for You. Watch over me, Lord! I need You, God!

God, when I sin, it’s You that I’ve sinned against; my sinful ways don’t represent You to a lost world. Forgive me, God, that I might better serve You. Give me a clean heart and restore Your Spirit in me. Revive within me true joy, the joy of Your salvation. Thank you for saving me and may everything I do glorify You (Psalm 51).

I put my trust in Your promises, God. I expect to see Your Word fulfilled, therefore, I hope (holding onto perfect expectation).

Just as the watchman looks to the morning light, I wait with confidence, knowing that You are there. The watchman, the guard, knows that the sun will rise and light will disperse the darkness. The watchman in me is on my knees, lifting up to You in prayer many people with many needs. I know, Lord God, that You will envelope us with Your wings, securing us in Your safety, reviving souls (Psalm 91).

Your love dispels evil. Your light sends away the darkness. Your grace and mercy are limitless. With You, I am fully redeemed and forgiven of all my misdeeds. How can I not trust in You!

In this season of goodwill towards all men (regardless of differences), receive the good will of your Heavenly Father—His will for you. Receive His presence, His joy, and His peace with hope and expectation. Let His glory shine from your life and give Him praise for His salvation. Sing with the angels about the good news of a savior born who is Jesus Christ the Lord! Trust in the Word of God, watching over it for you and your loved ones. 

Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.  James 1:17 (CEB)

On your walls, O Jerusalem,
    I have set watchmen;
all the day and all the night
    they shall never be silent.
You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest.... 
Isaiah 62:6 (ESV)

Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.  Psalm 122:7 (NRSV)

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.  Isaiah 49:16 (NRSV)
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices, They shout joyfully together; for they will see with their own eyes when the Lord restores Zion.  Isaiah 52:8 (NASB)

May you experience the joy and peace of Christmas only Jesus can give!

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