5 MINUTE MORNING BIBLE STUDY: THE PSALMS
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
What does "despair" look like? Despair has no bright colors. The world all around is painted in grays and black. Night has come and love has vanished. Without the hope that comes from a gracious God, we live as heirs of Cain. We are doomed to be "restless wanderers of the earth."
Food For Thought
You have caused my companions to shun me; you have made me a horror to them. I am shut in so that I cannot escape; my eyes grow dim through sorrow. Every day I call upon you, O Lord; I spread out my hands to you. Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the departed rise up to praise you?
The psalmist asks, "Will you forget me forever? But God speaks to us continuously if only we have ears to hear. Frederick Buechner writes this: "(God) speaks not just through the sounds we hear, but through events in all their complexity and variety, through harmonies and disharmonies and counterpoint of all that happens...the reason that his words are impossible to capture in human language is, of course, that they are ultimately always incarnate words. They are words fleshed out in the everydayness no less than in the crisis of our own experience." When God spoke to me, this is exactly what happened. Is this your experience as well?