1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. 3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy forgain curses and renounces the Lord. 4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” 5 His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight…”
To the psalmist, God seemed far away. Even though the writer had honest doubts, he did not stop praying or conclude that God no longer cared. He was not complaining, but simply asking God to hurry to his aid. It is during the times that we feel most alone or oppressed that we need to keep praying, telling God about our troubles.
Most of us have had times when we felt that God was not only not answering our prayers, but that He was not listening. There have been times when this writer has felt that way. The first was because of physical pain. The pain was so intense I could not concentrate enough to pray. The second was because of emotional pain. Our family experienced such overwhelming grief we could barely function. However, even during the worst of these times, I was aware that God's people were bowing before the throne of grace and interceding on our behalf.
And if it seems sometimes that the wicked prosper and God is ignoring the injustice of the situation, you can be assured that He is aware of every injustice. We can also be assured it is not our job to deal with the wicked, or to be jealous of them. Romans 12:19, Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Our job is to lead our lives in such a way that others see Jesus living in us.
If It seems that God is far away and does not hear your prayers, pray.
If you feel the wicked are receiving blessings that you should be receiving, pray.
If you are so overwhelmed and beaten down that you cannot pray, ask others to pray for you.
Prayer for Today:
Dear Lord, Thank You for the promise that You will always be with us. Help us to remember the words in Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.” And Lord help us to surround ourselves with godly people who will pray with us, and for us. And most of all, Lord, help us to lead lives that will be a reflection of Your Son. Amen.