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Psalm 139, Psalm of Lament

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
— Psalm 139:7

NL Daily Devotion for Saturday, June 29, 2019

by R. Fergus Moir, Clergy Stuff

Any time I feel abandoned by God, the truth is that I’m the one who has done the abandoning. God is always there, no matter what is going on in my life. I can try to walk away from God, try to throw up my hands and separate myself in my stubbornness, but there is no place I can go where God is not with me, seeing the inner workings of my mind and heart, knowing my hurt.

Yet, like the writer of Psalm 139, I can be angry at God. I can feel put-upon by the world, overwhelmed by circumstances beyond my control, and find myself demanding that God do what I want God to do, assuming I know what’s best, how to fix my current problem.

In the end, I have to accept that I am not God; I am not qualified to run the universe. In the end, I have to take comfort in the fact that God knows every iota of my being, and loves me in my discontent.

Constant God, be present with me in my unhappiness and reassure me with your love. Amen.