I get the psalmist’s cry.
Why, O LORD, do You stand afar off? Why do You hide yourself in times of trouble?
(Psalm 10:1 ESV)
Less a complaint based on facts, more on feeling. The head knows that a God who is omnipresent and omniscient is always present and aware of our circumstance. But the heart wonders why it feels so alone. Why God seems so remote and disinterested. Not quite sure what it should expect to feel but pretty certain it should be more than the seeming silence that it’s experiencing.
But I’m thinking it’s in such times–times when it feels like God has concealed Himself in some distant place–that you need to double-up on what you know to be true rather than how you feel about what’s happening. And I’m guessing that’s why something else penned by the songwriter in another song strikes such a chord this morning.
And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
(Psalm 9:10 ESV)
Though God might seem to be AWOL, He has not forsaken those who seek Him. Though it might feel like He has given us His back, He has not wavered from His plan to show us His face. Though we might feel on our own, His Son continues to beckon us to abide with Him. Though He might seem so far away, we can still draw near and trust Him.
And isn’t that what we need to do when there’s nothing else we can do? Trust Him? Trust in His Name?
The past has proven His faithfulness. We have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. We have known His power. Experienced His presence. Partaken of His provision. Thus, we have committed ourselves to Him for our future. And so, we take refuge in Him now as we navigate our present. Maybe feeling a bit alone, but never alone. His steadfast love never ceasing, His mercies new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23).
Words tend to be few when we feel like nobody’s listening. We don’t know what to pray that we haven’t prayed many times before. And so, we depend increasingly on the Spirit within us to be groaning on our behalf before the throne of grace because we no longer know what to pray (Rom. 8:26).
But this we can say when we don’t what to say, “O LORD, I trust You.”
. . . for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
(1Timothy 1:12 NKJV)
Through His all sufficient and ever-abundant grace.
For His all deserving and everlasting glory.