Psalm 10:1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
Have you ever asked that? I must admit I have. There are times I can feel God so close it is as if He is breathing on the apple of my cheek. I can almost sense His strong all encompassing arms wrapping around me in love and protection. It is easy then to offer tearful praises. But, then there are the other times . . .
I remember a bumper sticker when I was in college that said something to the effect that if God was not in your life, think about who moved. God is a constant- I am not. My human emotions and thoughts can send my mind down paths that are not sanctified by Him. I can become so caught up in the whirr of the angst that I am not tuned into His voice. The white noise of my own worries drowns Him out.
Perhaps He is silent so I will stop and listen. Often times, a good parent waits until the child has stopped ranting and starts again to calm down enough to hear the response. The more I turn to Him and not let everything else swirl me into an abyss of worry and negativity, the more I feel His presence, His influence and His mercy.
Perhaps, it is not so much He who is hiding in times of trouble, but my worries that are cloaking His grace.
David wrote this Psalm, but he also wrote that God is our refuge and strength, our help in times of trouble. (46:1). Perhaps, like me, he was beginning to grasp the Truth.