Lord, Wake Up and Help Me! | Psalm 44:17-26
Today’s Passage: Psalm 44:17-26
Key Verses: Psalm 44:23-26
Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground. Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love.
Sometimes tough times come and we know why. The consequences have come from a self-inflicted wound. Sometimes the hard times have no clear explanation. The pain comes with confusion and frustration. We feel like God has fallen asleep.
That’s what Israel felt in today’s passage. They have just suffered a devastating defeat and they can’t figure out why God allowed it. They are certain that they had not turned their backs on God or strayed from his path. They felt the consequences were undeserved.
Maybe you feel that way today. You have not forgotten God. You are not living in secret sin; but you are going through a tough time and wondering, “Why?” I don’t know the answer. I do know that God never wastes our time. Tell him what is on your heart. Ask him to “rise up and help” you. His love has not failed you. He is preparing you today for what he has for you tomorrow. Trust him . . . even in pain, confusion and frustration.
Father, tough times are tough enough when we know the “why?” But confusion comes with the pain when we feel that you have sent undeserved consequences. Help us cry out to you with honest hearts. We trust in your unfailing love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.