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 is a prayer of acknowledgment of abandonment by God when you are in distress and feel like your faith is failing. The psalmist suggests that we acknowledge the emptiness and pain. As hard as it is, when we welcome the things that happen in life, as part of life, we can keep moving. The psalmist says it this way: my tears have been my food day and night as I remember the good times. Remembering can be helpful. Even when we feel like God is absent; we remember that God has held us before and holds us still. This won’t take the pain away, but it may help us put one foot in front of the other as we try to get through the day. In spite of the abandonment we may feel, we will be able to praise God again – just not today – so we don’t give up on our relationship with God. God hasn’t let go of you no matter how you feel. 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. It will end. Don’t let your friends, who feel uncomfortable, try to rush you. Don’t rush yourself. Let God know how miserable you are and ask “why have you forgotten me?” Why, God, why? Stay connected to God in prayer and wait.
Remember God’s promises in the midst of your suffering. Hold on to hope, the psalmist says, 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 and tried to fix us, please remind us of your steadfast love. You are the Lord of our lives. Send 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].