For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God – Psalm 38:15
When I read this, I thought of blind Bartimaeus. He sat begging on the road and when he heard that Jesus was in Jericho, he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Many of the people in the crowd told him to be quiet but he refused to be silenced and cried out even more, saying “Son of David, have mercy on me!” He lived for the moment and this moment was his. He wasn’t about to let anything or anyone take away this golden opportunity from him.
Jesus heard him and commanded that he be brought to Him. The people encouraged him, telling him to be of good cheer, to get up and go to Jesus who was calling him. When the blind man heard that, he cast his garment aside and went to Jesus.
When he was standing in front of Jesus, He asked him what he wanted Him to do for him. And without any hesitation, Bartimaeus replied, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
Bartimaeus knew about Jesus. He had heard about all the wonderful things He had done and his heart was filled with hope. He knew that when he cried out to Jesus, He would hear. The enemy, through the people, wanted to deny the blind man his desire to receive his sight by trying to silence him but in hope and faith, the man cried out so that the Lord would hear him. Jesus heard, stopped and called the man to Him. Mark wrote that Jesus “stood still”. He wasn’t going to budge until He had seen the man who had cried out to Him in stubborn faith.
Let us never let anyone rob us of the hope and deliverance we can find only in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Let our cries for help never be silenced. We have the assurance that when we cry out in faith, Jesus will hear and will answer.