Scripture: Psalm 42
Key verse: (3) “My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, “Where is your God?”
Reflection: Has there ever been a time in your life when you longed for God? A time when you had a powerful need to experience God’s presence and it didn’t happen? You may have asked yourself: Where is my God?
What did you do?
Today’s psalm offers some strategies when your faith feels like it is failing. First, acknowledge the emptiness and pain. The psalmist says it this way, “My tears have been my food day and night.” Once you admit and accept the pain, you will be able to move through it. Second, remember the better days when you were happy and thankful and hold on to the hope that those days will return. Third, pray and let God know how you are feeling, remembering that nothing can separate you from God’s steadfast love. Most of all, don’t give up on your relationship with God. Remind yourself that there is a season for everything. Hold on to hope and don’t let go. God hasn’t let go of you even in your struggle. Keep hoping, be honest about what you are going through, and stay connected to God anyway you can. Don’t wait until you feel some warm feeling inside to confirm your faith. Keep calling out to God as an act of your will until the storm ends. And, it will end.
This psalm reminds us that we have choices when tough times come. We can give up and surrender to despair or we can remember God’s promises in the midst of our suffering. Hold on to hope and there will be a time of praise again.
Prayer: Loving God, in the midst of our struggles, when our tears have been our food day and night, when people have questioned our faith, please remind us of your steadfast love. You are the God of our lives. Send out your light and truth to guide us when we can’t see where we are going. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].