“Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Have you ever been so troubled by something you couldn’t sleep? You were wondering about something – what went wrong? Why isn’t this like it used to be? Maybe you were really stressed. Maybe you were getting close to giving up; your spirit was growing faint.
You’re not the only one. Others have traveled that road before. Asaph certainly has. He was crying these words out to God. And to all the world, it looked as if God has checked out of Asaph’s situation.
But Asaph is not afraid to ask God what is going on. Where is He? Where are His promises? Has God forgotten? Is He angry and withholding promises of UNFAILING LOVE, mercy, and compassion? So Asaph starts thinking about when God had done such things in days gone by. When has God done miracles in your past? When has He done mighty deeds? Perhaps you remember a time He was faithful and gave you patience, courage, hope, or grace. Maybe He brought you safely through a rough or stressful time.
“Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God?” Asaph is reminded of God’s greatness – how powerful, holy, and majestic this creator-being is. But not just how powerful He is – Asaph remembers how God displays His unfailing love. “With your mighty arm you redeemed your people.”
What kind of being does that? Who takes their snobbish, rude, mean co-worker, family member – no, worse than that: someone who hates them – and loves them unconditionally and unfailingly? Who sets up a plan for them to have a wonderful blessing-filled life full of joy? God does.
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.” (Ps 67) God wants His people to look back and see what He has done – and praise Him. That’s His plan – when you praise Him, others hear and come to know Him and His love.
Asaph appeals to this: “the years of the right hand of the Most High.” God wants you to call upon His promises, His past deeds, and say, “Hey! God! I’m about freaking out right now. Yeah – it’s bad. But remember when… remember how… remember this promise you made… I know you’ll keep it. Because you’re God and you don’t change. You can’t fail. You won’t be unfaithful. I have faith in YOU. In your UNFAILING LOVE.” Now watch Him make good on His promise, because He never disappears.