Thank you Barry for penning today's devotional.
Read Psalm 43
Doctor (to patient) “ Anxious, confused, depressed??…well enough about me Mrs. Smith how
about you ?”
Sounds familiar? …..feeling uncertain about ‘the virus’? Not liking the idea of an indefinite lock-
down? Anxious about your wellbeing? We don’t like it but what can we do about it? We feel
helpless, out of control.
Surely The Psalmist will cheer us up…
But he seems to be just like us!
We find him uttering words that deep down we may be thinking but dare not say. How disrespectful
to the Lord….I feel it but I’m afraid to admit it. God you are (supposed to be) my refuge. You told
me that You are my rock and my salvation. You said that You would never leave me nor forsake
me…..so WHY HAVE YOU REJECTED ME???
That really was how the Psalmist felt. Perhaps you do too.
The Psalmist had to learn how to handle this bout of spiritual depression
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” (5)
Firstly, the Psalmist had good reason to feel the way he did.
“Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of my enemy?” (2) Well the reason he was mourning was that the enemy was oppressing him!!!
There is often a very good reason why we feel the way we do whether we understand it or not but for sure…..there will be a reason. And that’s fine. It is not weakness or failure…..it is a simple acknowledgment that it is okay to feel the way I do because we’re all human.
Secondly, remember the true reality.
If God is King and our Loving Father what should this mean? Has God really rejected me? Is that what His word says? Even though he feels abandoned by God, nevertheless the Psalmist
rehearses what he KNOWS is true…..He is ‘my salvation and my God’ (5)
Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath and remind ourselves of the truth!
Thirdly, remember to pray for guidance
“Send out your light and truth let them lead me”. Lord these are yours to give. I am your child ..I know that if I ask for bread you will not give me a stone. (Matthew 7:9)
If you are walking through fog then you need guidance. God WILL guide us.
The Message says (3) “Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map so I can find my way..”. Light…for the next step and Truth - the path to take.
Fourthly, remember to worship
The Psalmist grasped it. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me whom shall I fear? (Ps
118:6). I will praise Him in His Presence. With that sense of perspective, everything seems
different. God seems so much bigger and the ‘enemy’ much smaller.
Anxious…confused…depressed…helpless…out of control…..?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.