Monday, November 10, 2008

God Where Are You?

Friends of ours that are more family than friend experienced great physical, emotional and financial tragedy today. Their pain froze me in my tracks and made me sick to my stomach. I wonder how they will persevere, cling to hope, or start fresh and my heart aches.

I read Psalm 10, the Psalm that coordinates to today’s date. In the first verse David is pleading, “Why O LORD, do You stand far off? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?” I look at today’s situation and at first glance, I don’t see God at all. He definitely appears to be hiding, or at best standing far off.

David gripes for several verses about the prevalence of evil and the apparent lack of God’s presence in the world and then in verse 14 he says, “But You, O God, do see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.” I begged God to reveal Himself in this scenario. Where was He? And I started to see that in spite of a horrible situation, God answered prayer and orchestrated circumstances, big and small, that preserved life and His plan.

Last week I ordered a new Chris Tomlin CD and in God’s perfect timing, it arrived today. With numb heart and hands, I pushed play and listened to a tribute to Jesus, the Messiah, who lived my pain and who loved me so deeply that He staked His life for mine. My heart softened as I worshiped to these words.

Jesus Messiah
written by Chris Tomlin and crew

He became sin, who knew no sin
That we might become His righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross
Love so amazing
Love so amazing

Jesus Messiah
Name above all names
Blessed Redeemer
The rescue for sinners
The ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah
Lord of all.
His body the bread, His blood the wine
Broken and poured out all for love
The whole earth trembled and the veil was torn
Love so amazing
Love so amazing

All our hope is in You
All our hope is in You
All the glory to You, God
The Light of the world.

Thank you Jesus for giving me access to your amazing love through the torn veil. Tonight I put my battered hope in You and ask You to hold my friends in Your broken hands and breathe life, comfort and hope into their weary souls.

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