“O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him! Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.”
The feeling of abandonment can be described as lonely, deserted, or even forgotten. In Psalm 31, David must have felt this way at the time he wrote this psalm. He was in a place in his life where he felt like God had forgotten him and was allowing his enemy to have the upper hand in his life. This was causing David’s heart and soul to feel pain and distress. I can honestly relate to what he was feeling. I have had times in my life where it felt like no matter how much I prayed or cried out to God, it didn’t seem like He was listening or even cared about my situation. At times my body would be in so much pain and it seemed like no relief was near or I would have major household expenses due but had nowhere to turn for financial assistance. I felt abandoned and forgotten by God because I couldn’t understand why He would allow me to suffer so long in these situations. It just didn’t make natural sense to me. What was the reason or purpose for this?
As I have matured in my walk as a Believer, I have come to realize that some things in life will never make sense, but I have to trust in His greater plan for my life. In verses 5 &6 David had a “But God” moment when he began to declare “…I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.” In Psalm 31:14-15 David also said “But I trust you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands…” I call this a “But God” moment because, even while he was in distress and confusion about why God was not answering him, David could still say with confidence, “but I trust in you Lord and I trust in your unfailing love for me! I will still sing praises to you because you are good to me!” What a powerful declaration to make in such a time of despair! How many of you can make that same declaration in the midst of your situation?
God’s ways and thoughts are much higher than what we can perceive in the natural realm. We have to realize that what’s going on in our lives is far beyond natural laws or natural understanding. This is a supernatural occurrence happening in your life so that the glory of the Lord can be revealed! Remember the story in the bible of the man who was born blind and the disciples couldn’t figure out why this happened to him, so they asked if either the man or his parents had sinned in order for this blindness to have occurred. But in John 9:3, Jesus said that this happened so that (at the appointed time) the glory of the Lord could be revealed through him!
There are times that we go through things in our lives so that God’s power can shine bright in our situation, not because we are being punished. If we didn’t suffer pain, we wouldn’t be able to know that God can deliver or if we didn’t have financial needs to be met, we wouldn’t know that He could send provision from unexpected and unfamiliar places (water from a rock!). At the time when Moses was about to die in Deuteronomy 31, the Lord spoke through Moses in verse 6 to encourage the Israelites that they would not be forsaken but to …“be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” What a mighty God we serve!
So, I say to you, YOU ARE NOT ABANDONED, AND YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN! DO NOT PANIC! HE WILL NOT FAIL YOU! I encourage you to allow your faith to be strengthened and give glory to God and just like Abraham, BE FULLY PERSUADED THAT GOD HAS THE POWER TO DO WHAT HE HAD PROMISED! (Romans 4:18-21)