July 25, 2016

Psalms

By: Heather Boltz [Shiremanstown, PA]

Sometimes I see the pain of this world, and I question God’s plan, power, and provision.

I wonder, Is it wrong to be angry at God? Is it wrong to ask why?


Why have you forgotten us completely? Why have you forsaken us these many days?
Lamentations 5:20 (NRSV)


Then I pick up my Bible, turn to the Psalms, and know that God can handle all of my prayers and questions. Consider the questions in the Psalms:

  • Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? (Psalm 10:1, NRSV)
  • My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? (Psalm 22:1, NRSV)
  • Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not cast us off forever! Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression? (Psalm 44:23–24, NRSV)
  • O Lord, what are human beings that you regard them, or mortals that you think of them? (Psalm 144:3, NRSV)

These are bold questions spoken in times of turmoil. The Psalms remind us that God listens and can handle our doubt and anger.

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ASK WHY: What questions are you afraid to ask? What pain are you feeling? Only God can comfort, bring peace, and use your pain for a greater purpose.


Ask Why:

What questions are you afraid to ask? What pain are you feeling? Only God can comfort, bring peace, and use your pain for a greater purpose.

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