“O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
You are he who took me from the womb…
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.
O Lord, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
Glorify him, and stand in awe of him!
For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.
The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations…
Before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.” Psalm 22:2-5,9-11,19,22-24,26-31
We may tossle at night and cry by day, wondering if and how God will answer our angst, yet, yet…. in juxtaposition to our quandary, He is enthroned. We squirm restlessly, yet He reigns in serene, precise authority. Trouble swirls about, yet He is nearer still. We listen in silence for Him, yet He hears and sees us. We hate losing control, yet He owns the kingship. We shout in desperation; He calls the afflicted from the ends of the earth to bow in praise, and trust Him.
We wonder at God’s whereabouts, He has been with us from before we were born. We perceive events dimly, choked in today, yet the Sovereign knows all from beginning to end, and orders events in keeping with eternity. God’s answer to our every cry is yes and amen in Christ Jesus, Who is seated as Victor on His heavenly throne at God’s right hand. (Psalm 139:13; Jeremiah 1:5; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Colossians 3:1)
When we have been yanked from charge, and may question some who seem in charge, we can trust that God in charge is the safest and best scenario. Will we rely on His unshakable throne?
“Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:
Under the shadow of your throne
your saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defense is sure.
Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting you are God,
to endless years the same.” ~Isaac Watts (1719)
My King, may I seek and trust Your ruling and resolving of all things, according to Your glorious good.