It is infuriating to follow Him sometimes.
I believe that God loves each of us beyond our comprehension, but then some really great people have really terrible things happen to them, and I wonder, what are you doing God?
O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. - Psalm 83:1 (NIV)
I believe that God desires intimacy with us, and a relationship with Him creates a wholeness we can’t find anywhere else, but then there are seasons when I can’t seem to reach His presence, and I wonder, what are you doing God?
God, don’t shut me out; don’t give me the silent treatment, O God. - Psalm 83:1 (The Message)
I believe that God answers prayer, and have seen Him do so in profound ways in my own life, but then I see so many words that seem to bounce back with no response, and I wonder, what are you doing God?
O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God. - Psalm 83:1 (NLT)
I believe that God is actively engaged in the world, but then some seemingly preventable thing devastates entire groups of people, and I wonder, what are you doing God?
O God, do not be silent! Do not ignore us! Do not be inactive, O God! - Psalm 83:1 (NET)
Some silence I can handle. But when God seems intentionally inactive, it’s enough to make me want to throw in the towel.
What does faith look like in these times?
I think it looks the faith of Asaph, who allows that guttural cry of “Where are you God?” to be the first lines of his prayer.
What are prayer requests if not deep longings for God to act? We ache for the God who is supposedly the Lord to engage and do something already about this stuff that is broken in this world.
Honest prayer is the frustration of our souls put to words. Just because we believe in God and love God does not mean we don’t get irritated by Him. It’s not an easy relationship.
But over and over again, the Psalms show us it’s not supposed to be. Our faith in God is a dynamic connection with a powerful Being; a Being we can trust, but not control.
The words of Psalm 83 that follow verse 1 are surrounded by context that feels far and foreign from our own. But the cry of verse 1 is universal.
O True God, do not be quiet any longer. Do not stay silent or be still, O God. - Psalm 83:1 (The Voice)
That was my reflection on Pslalm 83. Link up with your thoughts below. Or join in next week with a reflection on Psalm 84.