Arise, cry out in the night,
as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart like water
in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to him
for the lives of your children,
who faint from hunger
at every street corner.
As I reflected on this verse with Christmas approaching, I was reminded of Mary’s heart. Mary knew the baby she was to deliver was significant but she did not know what God had planned for this baby, Jesus. When Mary entered that stable on that cold and lonely night, her labor pains increased and she felt the literal weight of the world as she longed to find a soft place to lay. She cried out in the night for her child of promise, but no one knew what truth was going to break forth and break them free.
In the past, moms and dads had to bring rebellious sons to the elders for public humiliation and subsequent stoning (Deut 21:18-21). Death was eminently attached to rebellion. And then a mother cried out!
When Christ was born, he broke through that barrier of death to shed His Light on hopelessness, broken hearts, violated pasts, dishonored families, thoughts abandoned, and promises forsaken. No longer did His children deserve death! Through Christ, His children are set free from death and brought into new life, new creation, and new hearts!
God’s firstborn was not in rebellion, but many of His children are today. If you are lost in a faith battle, pour out your heart this Christmas season. Give your heart to Jesus as a gift and receive a new one crafted in Glory! Lift up your hands to the one who can feed your hunger and quench your thirst.
Pray for all of the children of God to rest their hearts in Him alone...the Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Almighty God born of flesh yet redemption for all man. In the stillness of night, may He be Our Peace (Micah 5:5).