I recently had the opportunity to teach on Psalm 69. In this prayer of David, he cries out to God in a very dramatic way. He opens the psalm saying, “I don’t see you, my throat is sore from calling to you, and I’m sinking. Help!”
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever gone through something so hard that you wondered where God was and why you couldn’t find him? A disease, a death, destruction and calamity – this world us full of reasons and events that can make us question our faith if we are not careful.
By the time David gets to the end of the psalm, something changes. “Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them. For God will save Zion” (34-35). David starts the psalm confident that God cannot be found, and he ends the psalm confident that God will deliver. So, what changed?
The answer is in verses 29-30: But I am afflicted and in pain; let your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. In the beginning of the psalm, David says, “What about me?” In verses 29-30 he says, “I’m in pain, but I have God.” David moves from focusing on his situation to focusing on God.
Whatever it is you are going through, whatever you are facing, know that it will be easy to wonder where God is. But also know that if you shift your focus to what God is doing instead of what God isn’t doing, what you are going through may be easier to endure.