I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” 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. —Psalm 42:9, 11 NIV
If God is my rock, my anchor, my purpose, then in the depths of my soul, even though I may not feel His presence, I know He has not left me. He has not forsaken me. I may cry out “why have you forgotten me,”, but deep inside my soul I know He is still my strength. Even though I might not “feel” Him, I know He is my God, my support, and my only hope. Yet sometimes I mourn what I perceive to be the loss of His presence, and feel so alone. I remind myself I am never alone no matter whether I feel His presence or not.
Fear can keep me from feeling His presence, and then a lack of feeling His presence can make my sense of desertion even worse. Into my life shines His hope! Hope urges me to grab His hand, and place my mustard seed of faith into what I cannot see. That ray of hope begins to spread and dispels the darkness of my despair. And as it spreads throughout my soul, faith begins to rise. Why should I be so downcast or disturbed? I choose to place my hope in my God. I choose Him instead of a feeling of despair. I choose to praise Him for He is my Savior and my God. In this choice I find greater faith to believe.
I choose hope in Him. I choose to believe. I choose praise. “God, my Rock” becomes more than just something in which I am expected to believe. He becomes my anchor, my strength, my sanctuary, and my purpose. There is no need to think I’m abandoned. I’m known, and placing my hope in Him. I will yet praise Him—my Savior and my God!
(I have had questions asking if these devotions are in the book. Most aren't. If they are, I will say that they are. This devotion is not in the book.)
© 2017 Lynn Lacher