Thursday, October 1st, 2009
"Reproach itself has broken my heart, and the wound is incurable. And I kept hoping for someone to show sympathy, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none." (Psalm 69:20)
In addition to the distresses that are experienced by mankind in general, as God’s servants we also face an “adversary, the Devil,” who is determined to undermine our faith. (1 Peter 5:8) How easy it would be to feel as did David, who expressed the above. Did David mean that he was without any hope at all? No. Notice his further words in that psalm: “Jehovah is listening to the poor ones, and he will indeed not despise those of his who are prisoners.” (Psalm 69:33; ftn.) In a broad sense, we may at times feel as if we were prisoners held captive by our distresses or afflictions. It may appear that others do not truly understand our situation—and perhaps they do not. But like David, we can be comforted in knowing that Jehovah fully understands our distresses.—Psalm 34:15.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 3:3, 4)