Scripture: Psalm 44:9 Yet you have rejected us and abased us, and have not gone out with our armies. 10 You made us turn back from the foe, and our enemies have gotten spoil. 11 You have made us like sheep for slaughter, and have scattered us among the nations.
Observation: The psalmist spends the first 8 verses singing the praises of God’s faithfulness throughout the ages. Yet, at verse 9, the tone changes radically. A key dimension of Israel’s covenant relationship with God is protection, which seems to have been withdrawn for reasons unknown.
Application: There’s no denying that the Lord has saved my bacon many, many times over the years. Some struggles were of my own making, some not. Nevertheless, God’s faithfulness has been consistent. That said, difficult seasons of life are just that – difficult. And I can find myself wondering, “Are you still there God? I know you came through last time. And the time before that. And the time before that. But what about now?”
It can be hard to keep the faith when hardships appear to be getting worse, not better.
Some of you reading this blog are in that place today. You’ve been in a tough season for a while now, never thinking it would go on this long. When will it end? God only knows. In the meantime, don’t be afraid to cry out to God. He really is listening.
Prayer: Dear God… HELP! Amen.