Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 28:1, where David wrote these words:
"To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: do not be silent to me, lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit."
God wants us, His children, to make urgent pleas to Him; and to ask Him to hear our prayers, and respond to them. It could seem odd to us who believe that God is sovereign, and knows all things, and does all things well, that He would want us to ask Him to "not be silent" to us.
But such is the personal nature of the God that we serve through our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. He expects us to be honest with Him; and for us to ad-dress the world, and even our prayers to Him, with heart-felt realism, (and not a sanctified "stoicism").
[Puritan quote of the day: "When you read in the historical parts of Scripture an account of the sins of which others have been guilty, reflect on yourselves as you go along, and inquire whether you do not in some degree live in the same or like practices.” —Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, "The Necessity of Self-Examination"]