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“SHARING GOD’S GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT”

“SHARING GOD’S GRACE AND TRUTH FROM THE PSALMS ABOUT WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT”

Psalms 10:1 “Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide in times of trouble?”

Psalms 10:16 “The LORD is King forever and ever; The nations have perished out of His land.”

Psalms 10:17 “LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,”

Psalms 10:18 “To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.”

Taken from today’s reading in “The One Year Bible” by Zondervan.

1. When God seems silent to your circumstances and prayers.

Psalms 10:1 “Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide in times of trouble?”

Please notice that David asks God 2 questions.

#1. Why do you stand afar off O LORD?

#2. Why do You hide in times of trouble?

David was wondering why God seemingly was standing afar off.
Please remember that this is merely what he was thinking about God.
To David, it seemed that God was there, but standing very far away from him.
And, it appeared to David that God was hiding from him, at a time when he needed the Lord the most.

Perhaps the take away here, is that God was neither far away, nor hiding from David. It just seemed that way to David.
And, there is no doubt that anyone who has been a Christian for anytime has experienced a similar experience as David.

2. What David said at the end of this Psalm.

Psalms 10:16 “The LORD is King forever and ever; The nations have perished out of His land.”

Psalms 10:17 “LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,”

Psalms 10:18 “To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.”

As a matter of fact, many times David would pen a Psalm that starts out with him being do discouraged and troubled, yet by the end of the Psalm he is praising God.

Thus, we see a different David at the end then he was at the start.
Why is this?

Well what comes to mind is the faithfulness and love of God for His people.
God is never standing far away, nor is He hiding from His children.
We see through a glass darkly now.
God’s plan and purposes for our lives are always on His mind, and He is always at work.
God is with us, and promises never to leave us.
In fact, we will be with Him forever.

So, if God seems silent, it only seems that way.
He is aware, He is listening, and He cares deeply for you.

Some additional thoughts:

1. Trials are common to all Christians.

2. There are many, many times when God seems silent, but it only seems that way.

3. Anyone who has known the Lord for awhile, will testify to the wonderful faithfulness of God.

4. If you are in trouble right now as David was, please be encouraged that God will bring something good out of this trouble and trial you are in.

A prayer:

Father in heaven, we turn our thoughts and prayers to You right now. Thank You that You are here, You live in us, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit who also lives in us, along with Jesus Christ. Lord You never change, and You always will be faithful to Your children. Thank you in Christ’s name, amen.

Pastor Bob Grenier
Calvary Chapel Visalia.

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