Why Do You Hide?

Today’s Reading: Psalm 10

  1. Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 

There can be times when I may ask this question of our Lord.  Times when life doesn’t seem fair for myself or fellow believers.  These doubts, frustrations, worries, and wonders leave me with the checking of my heart.  I desire to develop a deeper faith and ensure I have not lost sight of His plan.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

As I read further into this Psalm, some believe it to be written by David I’m reflecting on verses that reference words like arrogance, boasting, pride, and greed.  I pray that I relentlessly trust that His way will prevail in my troubles.  That there is nothing, I can do alone or can be offered by this world to answer my deepest desires.  He already has ordained my days.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.

During these times when we feel most alone or oppressed, we need to keep praying, telling God about our troubles, and trusting in His perfect plan.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

The psalmist concludes this chapter with a triumphant assertion of faith despite all challenges.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.