READ : Psalm 25
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. (v. 16)
Have you ever felt alone in a crowd? Perhaps you were lost, or waiting for a friend, or meeting someone for the first time. Whatever the situation, you probably felt much better when you found who you were looking for.
In Psalm 25, David called out to the Lord because he felt overwhelmed by his enemies. He was outnumbered and hated. His distress led him to feel as if he was being held captive, like he was caught in a net.
In the midst of this, he turned to the Lord and asked for his presence and help in scary and uncertain circumstances. David reminded himself (and us) of who God is; a God of deliverance from desperation, a refuge from loneliness. In his affliction David listed God's attributes: mercy, steadfast love, goodness, faithfulness. He also boldly asked God to forget his sins but to remember him (v. 7).
If you feel like David, you can call out to God too. He knows your past, present, and future. He created you, loves you, and wants to surround you with his presence. For those who trust him, he promises, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5 NIV).
Over the next ten days allow God's word to encourage you if you are facing loneliness, challenges, or disappointment. For Christians there is always hope, because we are not alone!
Dear God, help me to seek your presence, knowing you are always with me.