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God, Where Are You? (6 of 8)
Series: Summer in the Psalms
What I love about the Bible is the honesty with which people approach God.
This psalm is one of a dozen psalms written by Asaph, who was a Levite in charge of some of the temple choirs.
In this psalm we see clearly how Asaph is despondent and in great distress and despair.
There are some who believe that this psalm was written after the Assyrian invasion of Israel in 722 B.C., when Asaph and the people of God are in a foreign country wondering if they will ever return.
Asaph realizes that the people of God brought this upon themselves when they refused to repent and turn back to God after having forsaken God and worshipped foreign gods, even after God raised up prophets to warn them.
Some believe that this is simply a personal lament of Asaph: that he is in a dire situation and in need of God's deliverance.
Regardless of the background of this psalm, it shows a personal lament of someone who is in a dark season.
It may be that you are in a dire situation because of your own sin.
You disobeyed God even after many warnings, and now you find yourself in a dark place, wondering if God will ever deliver you.
Or it could simply be that you are in what one follower of Christ called "The Dark Night of the Soul", where it seems that you have done everything you know to do, but still, it seems as if God is distant from you.
This may be one of those seasons in your life to where you feel as if you need God to desperately listen to you.
You may be asking, "God, where are you?"
This psalm is not necessarily a prescription for deliverance; but it certainly shows us the reality of someone who is wondering where God is in a time of distress.
What do we see Asaph doing in this time of distress and doubt?
RECOGNIZES HIS DEPENDENCE ON GOD
Look at verses 1 and 2:
I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. In the day of my trouble ...
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