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Answer Me, God! | January 20, 2023

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Psalm 13:3–4

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

Job 30:20–31

I cry to you for help and you do not answer me;
    I stand, and you only look at me.

21 You have turned cruel to me;
    with the might of your hand you persecute me.

22 You lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it,
    and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.

23 For I know that you will bring me to death
    and to the house appointed for all living.

24 “Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand,
    and in his disaster cry for help?[d]

25 Did not I weep for him whose day was hard?
    Was not my soul grieved for the needy?

26 But when I hoped for good, evil came,
    and when I waited for light, darkness came.

27 My inward parts are in turmoil and never still;
    days of affliction come to meet me.

28 I go about darkened, but not by the sun;
    I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.

29 I am a brother of jackals
    and a companion of ostriches.

30 My skin turns black and falls from me,
    and my bones burn with heat.

31 My lyre is turned to mourning,
    and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.

Psalm 55:1–8

Give ear to my prayer, O God,
    and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
Attend to me, and answer me;
    I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
because of the noise of the enemy,
    because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they drop trouble upon me,
    and in anger they bear a grudge against me.

My heart is in anguish within me;
    the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me,
    and horror overwhelms me.
And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest;
yes, I would wander far away;
    I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
I would hurry to find a shelter
    from the raging wind and tempest.”

We can be in a hurry when we read Scripture, and we often want to check it off our To Do Lists and move on with our days. When we read quickly, we often miss deeper insights the Holy Spirit wants to show us. Take a few minutes to pause and reflect on the Scriptures above. Read them a second time, slower, and ask God to reveal Himself to you.

Pause and Reflect:

As you read these prayers from David and Job, what words or phrases stand out to you?

How can you relate?

Through these voices of distress, what do we learn about God’s character?

Ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight.