From Natasha Cassamajor
Be Gracious to me, O Lord,
For to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
For to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
Verses 3&4 of Psalm 86 reminds me of Psalm 139, one of my favorite Psalms.
Verse 7 reads: “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?”
Verse 8: “If I ascend to the heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
Verse 11: ‘If I say, “surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me be night,
Verse 12: even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as day, for darkness is as light to you.”
On this earth we experience pain and darkness. We experience depression and loss of loved ones. Sometimes we experience all of these things at once. I am in a similar place of physical pain and loss. I am unable to escape this reality so Psalm 86 verses 3&4 encourages me to “cry out for the graciousness of God” so my heart would be “gladden.” I am grateful that we serve a God who does not wait on me to cry out in order to be present with me in the dark place. The dark place that wants to engulf us is not dark to God and He can see us. Our salvation and deliverance is through Jesus Christ and He is willing and able to save. May each of us experience the realness of Jesus Christ in our health crisis, depression, addiction and life problems. As Psalm 86:5 proclaims, “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.”
May we continue to call on the name of the Lord in all seasons, in joy and in pain. Jesus is mighty to save.
I am a recipient of God’s goodness and I love my church community.