A Season of Psalms - Psalm 43:2b-4
“Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Former pastor Neil Strait (no relation to George) said “loneliness is spending your days alone with your thoughts, your discouragements, and having no one to share them with.” His words remind me of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s words on the pangs of loneliness in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”:
Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide, wide sea!
Not a saint took pity on My soul in agony.
Can you hear the agony in David’s soul in Psalm 43? Oppressed by ungodly, unjust, and untruthful men, David mourns his mistreatment. But notice verse 2 when he says, “For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me?” When life doesn’t go our way, when the world goes against us and God seems far off, it’s not uncommon for us to ask, “Where is God in all of this?” as David did. But David knew that God was his refuge. He knew from past experience that God would come through. Even when he couldn’t see God’s hand, he knew God’s heart. He asked for God’s light and truth to march before him and lead him to where God was, where David would give thanks in worship for the faithfulness of God.
Of this we may be sure: our God is never late, nor is He early. He is always right on time. We can trust Him today and every day and know confidently that He, our exceeding joy, will never leave us nor forsake us.
Further Reading: Lamentations 3:22-33; Revelation 21:1-8
Lord, You have promised in Your word never to leave us nor forsake us in all of these momentary afflictions. Be our Captain and our Guide, send out the goodness of Your light and truth, and lead us in the way everlasting. Our hope is in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.