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Monday, June 27, 2022
Today’s Scripture Reading | Psalm 43
Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust,
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
because of the oppression of the enemy?
O send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God. (NRSV)
How often have I asked God, “Where are you?” or “Hey, I’m here in trouble, and I could use a hand”? Haven’t you felt like that just a few times in the past two years? Haven’t you wondered why it seemed God had cast us aside when we are such good and faithful servants?
Throughout the pandemic, I have asked God that question many times. The silence I got back was sometimes deafening, until I paid attention. Then, as I prayed and spent time talking to God, the answer came back to me. Be strong, stay faithful, and you will be filled with joy.
Questioning our faith is not a bad thing. It builds our confidence to be stronger. Psalm 43 says I can challenge my faith and then praise God again.
All-powerful God, remind me when I inquire about your absence that you are still there. Fill me with the Spirit and keep my faith strong, even when I think you’re not paying attention. Amen.
Written by Chris Horsman, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church
Reflection and prayer © Fourth Presbyterian Church
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