Evening, July 2, adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I cry out to you, Lord. You are my rock; don’t refuse to hear me If you won’t talk to me, I’ll be just like those going down to the pit.”– Psalm 28:1
A cry is the natural expression of sorrow, and a suitable reaction when all other types of appeal fail us; but the cry must be directed only to the Lord, for to cry to man is to waste our pleas upon the air. When we consider the readiness of the Lord to hear, and his ability to aid, we shall see good reason for directing all our appeals at once to the God of our salvation. It will be in vain to call to the rocks in the day of judgment, but our Rock attends to our cries.
“Be not silent to me.” Those who only follow a form may be content without answers to their prayers, but genuine petitioners cannot; they are not satisfied with the results of prayer itself in calming the mind and subduing the will–they must go further, and obtain actual replies from heaven, or they cannot rest; and those replies they long to receive at once; they dread even a little of God’s silence. God’s voice is often so terrible that it shakes the wilderness; but his silence is equally full of dread to a desperate, humble requester. When God seems to close his ear, we must not therefore close our mouths, but rather cry with more earnestness; for when our voice grows shrill with fervor and grief, he will not deny us a hearing soon. What a dreadful case should we be in if the Lord should become forever silent to our prayers? “Unless, if you become silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.” Deprived of the God who answers prayer, we should be in a more pitiable plight than the dead in the grave, and should soon sink to the same level as the lost in hell. We must have answers to prayer: ours is an urgent case of desperate necessity; surely the Lord will speak peace to our agitated minds, for he never can find it in his heart to permit his own chosen ones to perish.