"Gloom, Despair, Agony on Me"
April 29, 2013
As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God! Psalm 40:17
Some of the folks in West, Texas, tell me they feel just a bit neglected.
That's because West's explosion, which took the lives of 14 and hospitalized over 200 souls, has been downplayed by the media, which seems to have concentrated its reporting on Boston.
Still, it all proves there can be tragedy, pain, problems and stress just about anywhere a person lives. Recently, I read a report that spoke of how this sinful world is hurting us. In part it said
1. suicide has replaced the car crash as the leading cause of injury/death for Americans. Similarly, last year more U.S. soldiers died by their own hands than were killed in combat;
2. more than half of those aged 18 to 33 have a level of stress that robs them of sleep;
3. Germany's Dresden University has published a major report that says 40 percent of Europeans are mentally ill.
Now before I go further I want all our devotion readers to know that many issues just mentioned are medical problems. Do not think this devotion is suggesting people who are depressed, suicidal, etc., suffer from a lack of faith. Desiring to help us with our problems, the Lord has given us physicians and medications.
Still, it needs to be said our fast-paced world has produced great numbers of people with troubled minds and hurting hearts. The Psalmist calls us the "poor and needy."
It is into this troubled world and pain-filled lives that Jesus came to do His work. His entire life was dedicated to providing healing for humanity in a way that cannot be duplicated by any earthly medicine or human physician. Jesus came to carry and remove our sins, win our forgiveness, and promise eternal life to all who believe on Him as Savior.
Even more, He promises His ongoing love and commitment by carrying our burdens and being with us always.
Now I know some of the readers of the Daily Devotion may not feel He is doing that for them. Be assured He is. I know. Because the Lord always keeps His promises, you can be sure that -- no matter your circumstance -- the Lord is taking thought of you. He is our Deliverer.
So each of us may know this is so, we join the Psalmist in praying, Lord, "do not delay" in letting us see the greatness of Your ongoing love and limitless care.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I believe. Help me in my doubts. Open my eyes and heart, so I may appreciate the peace You have already given, the joy that Jesus has won for forgiven sinners. In His Name I pray it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries