23 You who fear the LORD, praise Him;
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.
24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
Nor has He hidden His face from him;
But when he cried to Him for help, He heard. -Ps 22:23–24
The call of the psalmist is worship God, not only for what He has done, but most notably here, for what He has not done. He writes… For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted. In other words, recognizing our sin, God does not simply despise us for our frailties and weaknesses. Now, the truth is that David’s afflictions to which He was referring here are not sins, but rather, are other people seeking to do him harm, but the same principle carries over. The uniqueness of the God of the Bible is that, when all other man made religions praise the strong and self-sufficient as heroes, the true God looks for hard luck cases like you and me. He doesn’t hate us for our weaknesses. Why, Because they are simply an opportunity for Him to rescue us. Don’t get me wrong, God hates sin, but that sin doesn’t cause Him to write us off. How nice it would be if people could make that same distinction. God sees the problem of our sin, but He doesn’t forget about us, He waits for us to cry out to Him for rescue. In crying out to Him we find restoration between the relationship between God and man, a relationship that we not God walked away from. So in this season where we are in the midst of celebrating the rescue of God, we must celebrate with that the necessary character of God as a God who chooses not to ignore the cries of His creation. He is the God who hears.