It seems to me to be a tendency of human nature to default to feeling/assuming abandonment in times of struggle. The author of the Psalm clearly knew and loved God so well – he is recorded as a prophet and a worship leader of Israel-and yet in the middle of the night (when his troubles are crowding in on him) he is indulging feelings of isolation and despair. Why is it that we assume hard times = not loved by God. The Author chooses in verse 10 to turn his focus from his troubles to the Faithfulness of God.
Someone wise once said to me: you need to stop seeking the Will of God and start seeking the Face of God. I have found this profound in facing some of the toughest moments and decisions in my life. While I am seeking God’s will it’s still all about me – what should I be doing? When my focus shifts to the Face of God it’s no longer about me but rather all about God. Half way through the Psalm Asaph shifts his focus, and finds his hope in the faithfulness and power of Almighty God. I want to find the same hope and assurance as Asaph, regardless of my circumstances. Asaph could have asked God ‘what should I do?’ but instead he says ‘God you are amazing!’ He aligns himself with God’s greatness, not the greatness of his Problem.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your great and wonderous love. Reveal your power in my life and help me to be like you. Help me Father to reflect your Glory.
Written by Christine Knight