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Psalm 13:1

How long, O Lord?
      Will You forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?


Have you ever felt this way? Felt like God had forgotten you, that He was never going to pay any attention to the details of your life again?

I know that I have.

I think that nearly every Christian goes through different periods of life where they feel this way. Sometimes it is because of sin, but many times it has nothing to do with sin at all.

If you read historical Christian biographies at all, you will know that you are not alone. If you read through the Psalms, you will know that there was at least one other man of God who has experienced this same thing... David.

It seems that there are so many times that David goes through this exact thing. But he isn't afraid to say it. He cries it out, "O God! Where are you?!?"

I have learned to be more open with God about how I am feeling because of David. He knows if we are feeling abandoned already.

There is one thing about being honest with God in this way: Sometimes what comes out of our mouths isn't pretty. We need to be willing to recognize this and deal with it. Sometimes you will see this with David's Psalms. He will start off this way, claiming that God hasn't been there, but before the Psalm is over, he is acknowledging God's presence and provision.

What is in you? How are you feeling about God today? And most importantly, who needs to change?


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