“I am worn out calling for help…”
Psalm 69:3 (NIV)
It was not that many years ago when a certain boy’s parents decided to split. Neither wanted their son so when the day came for the movers to empty the home they told him to go and find a comfortable park bench to sleep on. It was hard for me to fathom such a thing happening.
I had often heard of parents in 3rd world countries taking one or another of their young children to a city and deserting them there because they could not find food for them. The parents hoped the child would find food and shelter where they were abandoned.
Being raised in a normal Canadian home with a Christian mother, I did not understand how parents could desert their own flesh and blood. Having my own children and grandchildren I am even more mystified about how parents can do such a thing. I do not sit in judgment on them having never lived in the dreadful poverty these parents do.
The Psalmist I quote today is telling of terrible suffering on his part. It is a story of abuse, injustice, and misery beyond that of most people regardless of where they have lived. The story of this person is all the more remarkable because he writes of suffering that was not just his own, but also that of Jesus when He was on earth. Psalm 69:4, 9, are referred to once each and Psalm 69:21 is quoted twice in the Gospels concerning Jesus.
Jesus certainly came to the place in His life where it appeared absolutely no one cared for Him in His sorrow. Just before He died on the cross He uttered the terrible words, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46. Not only was there no one at the cross speaking up for Him other than the repentant thief, even God had turned from Him.
It seems as you read the life of Jesus in the Gospels that He suffered all of the things we can suffer in life. Whether it was being betrayed, lied against, humiliated in public, deprived of food and even a home of His own to live in, deserted by His followers after they pledged to stay with Him to the death, being thought insane by His own family members, and on it goes. Jesus knew sorrow in its various and horrendous aspects.
So, now when someone going through serious trials needs to talk to someone who has been there, they may turn to Jesus as One who has endured it all and listens with a compassionate and loving heart. This is a great reason to pray to Jesus and pour out your complaint. He understands. He can sympathize with us at each point of our sorrow.
Have you thought yourself alone in your difficult situation? Do you cry our but no one listens? Does the silence mock your sorrow? Then turn to the One who bids all of us come and be blessed by His love and grace. Listen again to His invitation, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down, Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was, Weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place, And He has made me glad.