Wrestling with disease, cancer, stroke, misfortune, or some great loss taxes the hardiest soul. Perseverance with God is founded on knowing something of His compassion and promises (v.13). God remains! This is the thought that comforts this afflicted man.
The wretched state of us in our sorrow and loss, in our despair and misery – This is what the psalmist plumbs in this prayer.
They know pain. They know loss. They cannot sleep and are wracked with physical and mental pain from their spiritual anguish.
V12, “But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations.”
This is what we cling to. This truth that sits atop the reality of our groaning.
And how good are v18-22, this is a passage worthy of much dwelling on.
“Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD:”
That’s us! And all God’s people throughout the ages – This is us! A people yet to be created. And it’s our children and the next generations that follow until our Saviour returns.
But what is the recording? What is it that will cause us to praise the LORD?
“… That he looked down from his holy height; from heaven the LORD looked at the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die,”
It is Jesus! This is the recording! Because in Jesus we see God’s hearing and responding to the groans of the prisoners of sin and death.
In Jesus we who are doomed to die, the curse of sin heavy upon us – In Jesus we are saved! Set free! FREEDOM FROM SIN!
Hallelujah! It cannot be said enough, What a Saviour!