‘He does not forget the cry of the afflicted’ (Psalms 9:12)
The humble grateful soul, may receive anything from the Lord; so great is His love to them, and His delight in them.
They cry to the Lord to be kept from every false way, from falling into sin, and that they may be devoted entirely to the Lord’s glory. They pray for their enemies, that they may be blessed, and for their friends, that they may be rewarded.
Their cry is constant, sincere, and hearty. But they are often tempted to think that because they are so unworthy, so insignificant, and so vile, God will not hear them – especially when answers are delayed. But the cry of the afflicted and humble cannot be forgotten.
The Lord will not neglect or pass over such a Christian’s prayer without notice; He will not despise, or contemn their petitions; but He will regard, attend to, and answer them. His wisdom will shine forth in the time when, and the means by which He answers their prayers; and He will get Himself a glorious name by their sanctification, salvation, and glorification. O Christian believer, never harbour the thought that your God will forget your petitions!
Friend of sinners, King of saints,
Answer my minutest wants;
Let my cries Thy throne assail,
Entering now within the veil;
Free my soul from guilt and shame –
Lord, I ask in Jesus’ name.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘That I move about, surrounded by the servants of my Saviour: that every creature, and every want is regulated by him who died for me, and who now bears my name on his heart. O to see Jesus in every place, and his hand in every event!’