Reading: Psalm 30
Psalm 30 is an excellent representation of our journey of faith. It begins with praise to God for the protection and healing that He gave. At times in our lives we definitely sense a hedge about us that God is providing. Our “foes” rise up against us and we feel as if we may fall, yet we do not quite topple or give in. In the midst of it we can sense God’s hand upon us. Or perhaps, looking back, we can see where God came to our rescue.
At times in life, though, we can also question where God is. We cannot sense His presence and He seems absent in our struggles. As the psalmist writes, “You his your face, I was dismayed”. We can all recall such times in our lives. The writer’s solution? Cry out and pray to God anyway. Earnestly seek to be in God’s presence even when He feels far away. Even in our seasons or ‘dark nights of the soul’ God is still present.
Midway through, in verse five, we are reminded that God’s favor is for a lifetime. Once we enter into that saving relationship, we are forever His. In this verse we are reminded that joy will come in the morning. The writer returns to this theme in verse 11. Because of God’s unfailing love, He turns our mourning into joy and dancing. The response is praise and thanksgiving to God. This response is the same as when it feels He is absent: seek Him through prayer and worship.
Faith is a journey. These times of feeling that God is absent can lead to doubt, which is a normal part of our faith journey. These times reveal our human limitations. God is omnipresent. In our struggles, it is we who question the fact of an omnipresent God. Like the psalmist, may we too pray through the silence and may we ever offer our thanksgiving and worship for the grace, love, and favor that never ends.