5 I think of the good old days, long since ended, 6 when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and think about the difference now. 7 Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again show me favor? 8 Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed? 9 Has God forgotten to be kind? Has he slammed the door on his compassion?
I was re-reading this Psalm again this morning and was struck by a couple of things.
As I have been preaching through the series on “Identity Theft” I have been saying we can be captive to our past, whether it be a good past, or a bad one.
The Psalmist here expresses this beautifully. “I think of the good old days” He thinks of the difference now. Then he cries out, “Has He (God) slammed the door on His compassion?
Ever felt like God was giving you the big ‘heave ho’ ? Ever wondered why God wasn’t doing what He promised?
Well you are not alone in such thoughts, and to not express them to God is an issue. We need to share these frustrations with God, get them out there.
Later on in the Psalm the Psalmist asks God to “arise and defend Your cause”. Ultimately it is His cause. Our lives, our godly hopes and dreams are His cause. And we have the right, and responsibility, to ask Him to ‘arise’. In fact asking God to do this is an expression of our own hope and faith in Him, despite how we angry, frustrated or dissapointed we might be feeling.