Silence | The Israelites were surrounded by their enemies. They felt like God was silent – not giving them any assurance that He would save or rescue them. As Asaph pled, “O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still” . Would God be silent right when His people needed Him the most? No. He would never be silent or quiet or still when it came to acting on behalf of His people. Yet, He allowed Asaph to write down his feelings in Israeli’s hymnbook. Rather than ignoring their confusion, they were to sing it back to Him. This is astounding.
Lovingkindness | One pastor showed how remarkable this is by an analogy. He asked his audience to imagine a loving wife who told her husband about times when she felt his absence – when her mother died, when the children were problematic, when difficulties arose with friends. Then, he asked, “Now, what if your husband said, ‘You know, that is such a good point. Let’s write a poem about that, and we’ll sing it every morning’? Well, after you picked yourself up off the floor you’d wonder what was going on! And, you see, God, who is innocent of any and all of those kinds of charges, still says, ‘I understand that My people think that there are times when I’m silent and still when they need Me. I’m not. I’m working when they’re sleeping. I’m watching when they’re blind. I’m undertaking for them when they don’t have the ability in and of themselves to put one foot in front of the other. I know that My people feel that way. So, Asaph, you write it down in the Book, you put it in the songbook of the people of God, and you have the people of God sing it to Me. I can take that, because I’m their God and I care. And I want them to know that I care, and I want them to know that I can take it when their hearts are rending and they need to cry out to Me because they’re not sure that I’m there for them, even though I am’” .
Prayer | Lord, Your lovingkindness is overwhelming. Yet, that’s hard to see when our future seems uncertain. In those moments, therefore, grow our faith to believe what we cannot see – that You are here – as we sing songs to You. Amen.