Have you ever felt abandoned or alone? What about abandoned by God? That’s a scary, dark place to be. That’s the feelings that Asaph is expressing in Psalm 74. He (and God’s people) felt abandoned by God.
What causes us to feel like that?
- Sin is probably the most likely culprit. When we sin – we intentionally distance ourselves from God – and we feel it
- Depression – this causes us to lose perspective of reality (what’s really true) and focus in an unhealthy way on our circumstances.
- Loneliness – feeling like we’re in it alone makes God feel far away.
- Fear – of the situation – of the future – of what to do.
- Unknown – the unknown… when the unknown arises – we have two choices – to feel alone and distant from God or to crawl into His arms.
See how Asaph express his feelings:
O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture? (v.1) [Answer: They abandoned God. This is often how it works – we walk away from God then ask why He’s walked away from us]
We no longer see your miraculous signs… (v.9)
Arise, O God, and defend your cause… (v.22)
What do we do when we feel like this? How should we respond?
1. Pray – v.1-11 – Pour your heart out to God – ask Him for His help.
2. Remember – v.12-17 – Remember who God is – He’s the Creator – the Sovereign Lord – the One who holds everything together – He’s Able!
3. Look to God – v.18-23 – As the One to which delivery comes from.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever. Psalm 121
- What are some places you look to besides or before looking to God for your help?
- How has God proven to be strong, trustworthy, and true (share a story with us)
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor