A believer recently said to me, “I feel like God doesn’t love me. He doesn’t seem to hear my prayers.”
Sometimes it seems like nobody’s home in heaven. Many believers can identify with David’s cry:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest. (PS 22:1-2)
David felt forsaken. It seemed like God was deaf and distant. What do we do at these times?
David encouraged himself by reminding himself of God’s past faithfulness to Israel and to himself:
In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame (4-5).
Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother’s womb you have been my God (9-10).
The Bible records centuries of God’s steadfast love to his people. He gave Abraham a son, delivered Joseph from prison, Israel from Egypt, Daniel from lions and Paul from the Jews. God always comes through for his people.
And can you not recall many examples of God’s goodness to you?
Past grace guarantees future grace so David goes on to confidently say:
I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you. (22)
David was sure he’d praise God for his goodness down the road, because God had been good to him in the past. He who didn’t spare his only Son but gave him up for us all will give us all the grace we need to glorify him. God hasn’t brought you this far only to abandon you. You will yet praise him in the future.