There are few sounds as jarring as the sound of an infant crying at the top of their lungs. I didn’t realize until I had my daughter how much those little voices could project. Baby Samiyah’s cries could echo through the house, bouncing from wall to wall, making it impossible to continue doing whatever you were doing and nullifying your attempts to concentrate on something else. When a baby is in need, they’re not equipped to explain to you the nature of the situation. They have one option for communicating their displeasure, emotional pain, or physical discomfort – babies cry out. If you’re a parent, you’re well aware of this, and you also know that even when you try to wait out the wailing, if it doesn’t calm down after a few minutes, you know you’re going to get up to see what baby needs. Babies are helpless, so babies depend on parents to get their needs met. When that doesn’t happen, it’s crying time.
In our spiritual lives, many of us find ourselves in situations of discord, desperation, and even depravity, and it’s often a product of a mess we’ve made with (on) ourselves. Unlike babies though, we tend to think, that no matter how dire the circumstance or deep the hole, that we can dig our own way out. We think that we have the power to fix our situations ourselves, and so we don’t seek the necessary help, we don’t seek needed wisdom, and we don’t seek the power of the Lord. And that, my friends, is where we go wrong!
From David’s own writings in the Psalms, we see that he was a passionate man of God, but he could also be a complete mess. He spoke of enemies conspiring against him, friends plotting to betray him, and even his own sins catching up with him. He bore his soul to the Lord and to us through his psalms, and if there is anything we should learn from David’s psalmist heart, it’s that we should be crying out to the Lord, confessing our sinfulness and our helplessness while recognizing God’s grace and power to work in our favor. Even more so than the concerned parent of an infant, the Lord is faithful to respond to our earnest pleas for help. All we have to do is let go of our pride enough to allow ourselves to cry out the way we need to, then we can share David’s testimony from Psalm 40:17 when he states, “I am afflicted and needy; the Lord thinks of me. You are my helper and my deliverer; my God, do not delay.” SpitLIFE