Dark Days

“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my Rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?’ My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:8-11

I love the absolute honesty of the Psalms. I love the raw pain we see in the heart of the psalmist as he opened up about what he felt and experienced. I love that I can be that open with pain that I feel and the depression and anxiety and grief that are happening in my life.

“Where is your God?” The writer was taunted by that question. And don’t we hear that same question leveled at us when the circumstances in our lives are dire. It may come from the enemy, satan. It may come from people we know.

But our answer is the same as the psalmist: put our hope in God. Continue to praise Him. Darkness comes, but the sun always rises.

God help me to trust when days are dark. Help me to follow when the taunts come. Help me to believe even when it feels like I have been forsaken.

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