Why?

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 43:1-5

There is a definite connection between Psalm 42 and 43. In some Hebrew manuscripts they are joined as one psalm. In 43 the song writer continues the struggle of 42. He has confidence, “You are God my stronghold” (v. 2). Then he blurts out, “Why have you rejected me?” Since God is his stronghold he expected better things.

It is not wrong to ask the question, “Why?” Even Jesus asked that question, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It is the attitude with which the question is asked that is important. If we ask it in a strident and angry tone, that is sin. Feel free to ask God “Why?” Then patiently wait for his answer.

Next, the psalmist asks for guidance. He is confused by his circumstances. He knows that God can lead him forward on the walk of faith. He trusts that eventually God will lead him back to Jerusalem where he can worship God.

God has a goal for our lives. It is to draw us into closer fellowship with him. Our goal for our lives should coincide with his. Are our goals godly or more concerned with having fun and more money? We cannot experience true joy until we align our goals with those of God.

PRAYER

Father, may our problems push us to set the right priorities. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.