When God is Silent
God, I am listening for You. Even when You are silent, I will wait and put my hope in You.
Read Psalm 13:1-6
 For the director of music. A psalm of David. How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?  Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,  and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.  But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectHow does the psalmist comfort himself?
Someone once said: “When you can’t go forward, there’s no need to reverse; you can park for a minute.” I’ve tried that. “Parking” stops the motion of panic! The psalmist was knotted up inside because of unanswered prayer. This is not a minor hiccup in his connection with God. He’s been anguished about this for a long time (1). The longer he waits for God, the more his inner world comes apart (2). In times of crisis, we fight a battle on two fronts: the enemy within and the enemy without. I find it’s the enemy within that can do the most damage–that voice that says “God doesn’t care,” “you deserve it,” “you’re useless,” “it’s all pointless.” If I lose my inner balance, I’m more likely to trip when resolving external issues. Sorrow in the heart (2) compromises the spiritual immune system and distorts judgment. But trusting in the troubling times requires us to be patient while God works it out (5). This is not because God is slow or capricious. Trust during troubles builds resilience and a memory bank of God’s unfailing kindness to sustain us when we need to “park” (6).
Sit perfectly still for a full five minutes. Don’t move a muscle! Keep the words of this psalm before you.
Lord, Your Word is truth and it brings me life. I will wait for You.
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