When I Feel Abandoned by God (Through the Psalms))

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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 
Why are you so far off from saving me, from my words of my groaning? ^Psalm 22:1

Have you ever felt abandoned by God?

There are things that will happen in all of our lives that can make us feel like God has abandoned us. People usually feel this way when don't get what they desperately wanted. 

The author of this Psalm (most likely David) is having one of those moments. When the author says, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me, he is not saying this as a fact, but as a feeling.

O the power of our emotions. Our emotions can make us feel and think things that are not true. The truth is, God has not abandoned David. The truth is, God is good, God is sovereign, and God is faithful. However, David cannot help but find himself overwhelmed by these feelings of total abandonment by God.

So what does He do? 

First, David is honest with himself. He does not hide his feelings from God, but rather brings them directly to God. You and I must do the same. Bring your honesty before the Lord. Let yourself feel the depth of your sorrow and grief and bring it to the Wonderful Counselor who will comfort you in times of need. As you do this you will notice a burden lift as God's presence restores your soul. 

Second, praise God. It is one thing to praise God when things are good, it is something entirely else when you praise God when things are hard. A few verses later David says, “In the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!” (v. 24-23). David goes from “why have you forsaken me” to “I will praise you.” That’s what made him so different! He started in pain but as he gave it to God, it turned into worship. You and I must do the same. Take our pain and give it to God as an offering it will turn into praise.  

William ChungComment