18 June 2009

Seek Him, Even When He's Silent

Psalm 63:1-8

O God, You are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands,
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night,
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.

This Psalm and Psalm 77 have something in common. Like times when I have been sad in my marriage, I (and the psalmist) reflect and remember back "to the good 'ol days." We may feel a dry spot now, but we know that it used to be great together. We remember when God came through for us (the way WE wanted him to!) and we reflect on how he has cared for us in the past when it seems quiet now. We need to be patient in times of quiet, and use them to study up for the next time of testing. I'm trying to think of this as a time of rest, a valley before the next rollercoaster ride of faith.