Revisiting: "Where Is Your God?"


I am dealing with some eye problems and migraine-ish issues today.  This is a repost that I hope is meaningful to you.

woman crying

When tragedy of any form strikes folks are quick to question God. 

"My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"  (Psalm 42: 3)

Can't you just hear the mocking quality in that question?

It can be hard to be a Christian and face daily challenges.  Every day puts our faith on the line.

In this short Psalm, David holds onto hope and even chastises himself!

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." (vs. 5)

David recounts exactly how He does hold on to hope.

He looks to the things God has done in the past.

"My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you  from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon - from Mount Mizar." (vs. 6)

He acknowledges that God still loves him.

"By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me ..." (vs 8)

He acknowledges his feelings and talks to God.

"I say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me?" (vs. 9)

He goes on to tell God just how bad things are.

"My bones suffer mortal agony" (vs. 10)

He talks to himself again. 

"Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God." (vs. 11)

I imagine I can hear David's words to himself.

"Look, Self ... I know things are bad right now.  Really bad.  But don't forget all that God has done in the past.  Not only for me, but for all those who came before me.  And don't forget that God is there even in the nighttime.  He loves  me - and even sings over me.  He is there ... even if it doesn't feel like it right now."

What if we, in our own illness and pain, reassure ourselves?  What if we affirm that our hope is not unfounded?  

Look at the past.  Look at all God has done.  Acknowledge that He loves You.  And ... talk to Him.

Sounds like a plan.

Father God, Thank you for letting us see into the life of someone who suffered greatly.  Thank you for giving us an example of how to respond to trials in a Godly way. Help us to hold on to hope as we hold on to You.  Amen and amen.

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