“Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!” vs. 9
The psalmist couldn’t help thinking that God might for some reason turn against him and desert him in a time of need. It seemed logical. Even though God had been faithful in the past, there was always a chance that God would go into hiding. It’s so easy to get caught up in that kind of reasoning…after all we’ve learned from human interactions that even the best relationships can fall apart. Some Christians are severely troubled by thoughts like this. They live in constant fear that they’re going to fall into sin or do some bad thing, and that God in response, is going to become angry, even though they’ve been so careful. When Martin Luther was becoming a monk he spent many long hours in confession because he couldn’t be perfect…he was always having some bad thought or doing something wrong, and then he would have to run back to his confessor. It took a long time for him to achieve a sense of peace with God, and that only happened when he realized that God would never desert him, that his salvation had already been assured, and that it had come to him as a gift. Fearing God means respecting and worshiping God, not being afraid of God. This is most certainly true!
Thought for the Day: If God won’t forsake us, why do we sometimes feel forsaken?