1 Hear my prayer, Lord; let my cry for help come to you.
2 Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress.
Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. Psalm 102:1-2
We don’t know who the author of this psalm is but it could have been any of us. Who hasn’t cried out to God like this? We all have.
Jesus knew what it was like to have the Father turn His back on Him. How devastating that must have been for Father and Son! This is what the psalm writer is feeling.
Most of us at one time or another have thought that God was in His heavens looking down on Earth, giving it a spin or two and just watching things happen as they may. In fact, in the early 1990s Bette Midler had a hit song called “From a Distance” that said as much:
From a distance we are instruments
marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They’re the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.
It is true that God is watching us, but not from a distance.
Now there are times, as this psalms writer points out, when God seems distant. But be assured, “He’s as close as the mention of His name.” It seems trite and cliched but it is the truth.
Don’t be embarrassed about those cries for help.
He hears those cries.
He sees those tears.
And He is intimately involved in your affairs.