*Read: Psalm 88:1-9*
*MEMORISE: _O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry_ (Psalm 88:1-2).*
Have you been in a situation where it looks like the network to heavenly phone is really bad? You cried, you shouted, you changed your position, from mountain to valley, from river side to a dry place, yet, it doesn’t seem that God is hearing you? This Psalmist has been there!
The Bible scholars consider Psalm 88 as the saddest of all Psalms. Why? Because other Psalm have praises at the end of their trials, complaints and pleas, in Psalm 88, after all the Psalmist’s plea to God not to turn away from him in his time of distress, as his heart is sick and withered like grass, and haven lost his appetite (line 4) and now looks skeletal, the Psalmist simply ended his song with a sad note saying: *_Loved one and friend You have put far from me, and my acquaintances into darkness_* (line 18).
Can you identify with that? Do you feel lonely, forsaken and forgotten? Have you been through a crisis of faith? It is always like that when our prayer seems not to be getting through. But one thing that must be clearly understood is that when it comes to the matter of prayers, delay is NEVER a denial. God knows all about your struggles. God hears all your praises and petitions; because the *_the Lord's hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear_ (Isa 59:1).* Therefore, never give up because all things are made beautiful by God in their times *(Eccl. 3:11).*
*1.* Give God praises for He knows and understands your situations.
*2.* Pray that God should give you the strength to persevere, so that you will not give up.
*3.* Confess that by faith, things shall be made beautiful for you in due course.
*EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 Samuel 22:21 – 25:10; Luke 21:3 – 21:24*