Our psalmist is remembering better times, remembering being in the presence of God’s people, even leading them to worship. He longs for this and God’s presence once again.
God can seem a long way off when we are depressed, answers to prayer don’t come, life becomes difficult, friends or family even question that God exists. Our psalmist is in this situation. It can be an easy route to drift away from God, even blame him during these times, but our psalmist is showing us a better way – one of courage, perseverance and a choice to encourage himself to worship for he knows that God alone is our hope.
Thank you Lord that you give us the way of life and wisdom in the psalms. That others have experienced dark times, that you have been there for them and so you will be there for me, for us. Jesus you are always near, my hope and my God.
Written by Suzie Hodgson