He Hurts With Us
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” — Psalm 91:1-2,15-16
Remember when you were little and fell and scraped your knee? You didn't need to be coaxed to seek out a parent. You ran to your mom or dad like a shot, desperately wanting him or her to make it all better. Back then you couldn't understand how much your parent hurt when you were hurting.
On a more infinite scale, our heavenly Parent hurts when we hurt. Edith Schaeffer said, "The only way in which Satan can persecute or afflict God is through attacking the people of God. The only way we can have personal victory in the midst of these flying arrows. . . to call upon the Lord for help."
This is the enemy's only ammunition against an indestructible God. He attacks God by attacking God's followers—us. But that ammunition proves ineffective if we call upon the Lord for help. Satan may persecute and afflict, he may send his arrows, but we are assured the victory. The Lord knows. He hurts with us. When our knees are scraped up by life, we can run to our Father. He promises to make it all better.
Father, I'm in pain. Help me, Lord. Be merciful to me.