My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our ancestors trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried, and were saved;
in you, they trusted and were not put to shame.
Reflect and Pray:
King David was apparently at a breaking point when writing this Psalm. Completely alone, it seemed as though God was not anywhere to be found. Even in the midst of crying out, God didn’t answer.
Perhaps we have all felt like this as some point or another in our lives. The passage gives us words to use and pray when we feel God isn’t near. It is a reassurance that God is bigger than any of our hurts or questions. It is a psalm which encourages us to be honest with God.
David moves from talking to God about his sadness to remembering God’s grace and faithfulness. Perhaps, stories from his past remind him that God has always been there. David’s sadness doesn’t “miraculously” disappear, but his remembering helps put things in perspective. Today, I invite you to join me in remembering God’s faithfulness to you and me in our past. Even more, remember that we can talk to God in the midst of our sorrows about anything!