Glancing at the Problem; Gazing at the Solution

But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
    You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
Deliver me from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dogs.
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
    save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
I will declare your name to my people;
    in the assembly I will praise you.
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
    Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not despised or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
    but has listened to his cry for help. Psalm 22:19-24

I realize it doesn’t seem like it, but this is a model for us as we pray. It looks something like this: “I have all these problems down here but You are sovereign and in control, and when I think that I could be devoured today by those bloodthirsty animals, I know that you will rescue me.”

I like to call it “glancing at a problem and gazing at the Solution.” Of course we know that “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17

Even the most pressing of needs down here is nothing compared to that eternal glory. I don’t want to minimize needs; neither should we fuss that much over them. Easier said than done, I’m sure, but it’s a worthwhile goal.

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