Praise Him in My Dismay
God Hides – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Psalm 30:1-11
Key Verse: Psalm 30:7
O Lord, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
I ended yesterday’s devotional by asking if you could relate to Psalm 30, especially verse seven. We all experience times when we feel the favor of God and life is good, but we can certainly relate to David when it feels that God is hiding from us.
But David pushes on. In verse eight we read: “To you, O Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy.” It wasn’t long until David pulled through the long night of his suffering. David rejoiced with these words: “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy!” (vs. 11). And David promised the Lord that he would give Him thanks forever (vs. 12).
If you are going through a tough time right now, it is critical to remember that God may allow it to feel He is hiding, but He truly isn’t! God is there, closely balancing your strength with the battle. He will not allow the battle to be greater than your strength or ability. Hang on to the promise David wrote about in verse five: “ …weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Our trials are not beyond God’s control. He is very much a presence, even when we can’t see Him. God will bring back your joy. Determine to praise Him in your dismay.
Father, it is never easy, but I am determined to sing to you even in the days of dismay. I know you never sleep or slumber and are working in my behalf. In Jesus’ name, amen.