Prayers & Praise: Psalms of Faithfulness
Have you ever felt like your prayers just stop at the ceiling? That no matter how long or how hard you try to communicate with God, your words just aren’t going anywhere? How do you even know that He hears you, anyways? Or that He cares?
I remember as a little girl hating the feeling of being alone. Sometimes after playing for a while, or watching television, I would realize that the house around me had become quiet, and I no longer knew where my family was – and specifically my mom. Glancing around nervously, I would call out, “Mom?!” And when she would finally respond “Yeah?!" from another room, I would reply “Nothing!” and happily go back to doing whatever I was doing. Even though nothing in my circumstance changed, peace returned to me simply because I knew she was there.
No one likes the feeling of isolation. And especially when hard or scary times hit, we want to know that God is still there, and that he hasn’t forgotten or abandoned us.
Psalm 34:15-18 says,
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And his ears are open to their cry for help.
The face of the Lord is set against those who do what is evil,
To remove all memory of them from the earth.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near the brokenhearted;
He saves those crushed in spirit.”
The eyes and ears of the Lord are set on his children in the same way a mother does not lose track of her child. God exhibits the same care and concern we see in parents’ hearts, stemming from a place of unmatchable love and a desire to keep their children safe and provided for.
The Bible assures us that even when we feel alone, or don’t feel God at all, that He has not abandoned, or lost interest in our wellbeing.
Still, we all can surely resonate with phrases the Psalmists penned such as, “Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide in times of trouble?” (Ps. 10:1) Even Jesus himself cried out while hanging on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46)
David and Jesus are both biblical examples of lives that would have been full of the work God, and of men who would have understood and trusted God’s promises to provide for and protect them. Yet even in the midst of being confident of God’s presence and faithfulness in their lives, they still exemplify a public lament of the isolation they felt in the midst of their hardest moments.
Their example gives us permission to honestly cry out to God, and gives us the reassurance that we are not alone in feeling alone sometimes. However, Scripture promises us that we never are actually alone. Even when we cannot feel God, He never leaves our side.
But, it doesn’t mean that hard moments feel any less hard. And we will all have those days when it feels like God isn’t hearing our prayers.
But just like my mother, busy folding laundry in another part of the house, though she was out of my eyesight, she was never out of earshot. She would have never travelled out of a range of being ever ready to respond to my cries, and never lost an awareness of what was happening in my life.
God’s eyes never leave His children. And even when you don’t feel like you can see him, He never loses sight of you, or what you are going through. Take courage as you face difficult times because you truly aren’t alone. And as you stay faithful, waiting in the peace of God’s presence, He will deliver you and answer your call in His perfect time, and in His perfect way.
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.
Lord, your faithful love endures forever…”