Where are you God?! That is the cry of Israel in Psalm 80. Catastrophe has struck and, therefore, they question where God is. Surely He is not present, or this would have never happened. Been there before?
In the midst of tragedy the Israelites beg God to turn His face to them and to shine on them. Once God looks on His people, He will see their hardship and He will restore them. He will stop the suffering at the hands of their foe. Ever sought this?
Verse 17 asks God to let His hand ‘rest upon the son of man’, the one He raised up. If so, the promise is they will not turn away but will call on His name – after God revives them. A familiar if-then bargain! Sound familiar?
The relationship we are called to is 24-7-365. It is the same in the good and in the bad and everything in between. God is always present to us. His love and mercy are always available. Make it yours each day.
Scripture reference: Psalm 80: 1-7 and 17-19