Have you ever asked the question, “God, where are you?”
Well I know I have. I have been at some pretty low and lonely places in my life and in my own despair have asked God, “Where are you?”
I felt as though I was doing everything that God wanted me to do and yet somehow things were still falling apart. I remember as I cried out to the Lord in prayer, it was like my mind brought forth the Scripture Psalms 23 to my remembrance.
As I opened my Bible to read it, I was drawn to Psalms 22 where David says, “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? Oh my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not…”
Then I read Psalms 23 which says, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: that anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
I thought, how can David go from my God, my God why has thou for sake in me in Psalms 22 to the very first verse of Psalms 23 which states the Lord is my shepherd I shall not want? It intrigued me. He said those words with such confidence. As I began to study, it dawned on me, its because of their relationship.
It appears to me that he had his moment of humanity in chapter 22 as we all do. When he came to himself, he was reminded of who God is and because of his relationship with Him, He knew God would see him through no matter how dark the trial.
It’s hard to know the sweetness of the Shepherds care if you’ve never experienced any pain. But once you have walked through your own dark valley and you have experienced the never ending faithfulness of God by your side; it is then you begin to know him in a deeper measure than ever before.
So if you are going through a storm today, don’t forget God is right there in your midst. It’s in those still quiet moments of times that if you listen close you will hear His heartbeat.