Lord, Why Do Stand So Far Away?

LORD, why do You stand so far away? Why do You hide in times of trouble? In all his scheming, the wicked arrogantly thinks: “There is no accountability, [since] God does not exist.” He crouches and bends down; the helpless fall because of his strength. LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their hearts. You will listen carefully, doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed, so that men of the earth may terrify [them] no more.

When I desperately need God, where is he? I feel the terror of being abandoned. God seems far away, as if he is in hiding. How must I react when I’m in this kind of corner?

First, I can lament. As David did, I can pour out my soul to God and let my raw emotions flow out to my Creator.

Second, I can face reality. The psalmist described a wicked tyrant who is boastful, greedy, blasphemous, and atheistic. Yet he appeared to be prosperous, stable, and happy. This harmony between evil and success seems grossly unfair! But the psalmist faced squarely the tyranny of this wicked ruler and confronted God with his responsibility.

Third, I can pray. The psalmist prayed for God to remember the helpless, to see their trouble and grief, and to break the power of this evil man. This response is an excellent model for me to follow when I face problems, God is much greater than any problem, so I need not fear that I’m asking too much.

Fourth, I can praise. David expressed faith that the Lord hears, listens, encourages, and defends. As he worshiped the Lord of eternity, his terror diminished.
I too must learn to lament, to face reality, to pray, and to praise, I must free myself of empty cliches and repetitive, timeworn phrases. When I’m honest with my Heavenly Father, I will begin to praise him with my whole being.

Personal Prayer

Instead of internalizing anxiety and anger, May I learn to lament to you, O Lord, my King forever.

Don Wyrtzen

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