Do you ever feel like God has abandoned you? Like everything is going good for everyone but you? Like no matter how much or how ardently you seek God, He doesn't hear you, or worse, He doesn't care?

Maybe you've had a great sin in your life, and though you've been taught God forgives all sin, it seems like maybe just this one He overlooked?

Or perhaps you've been taught that God blesses those who love Him, but despite the fact that you've tried to serve Him faithfully, you see unbelievers experiencing blessing upon blessing, while you seem to have gone by completely unnoticed!

David felt this way, and a record of it is found in Ps. 73:3-28. When this Psalm was written, he was at a point in his life when he couldn't hear God's voice. In fact, he felt as if only the wicked were the recipients of God's love and grace:

"For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills. … They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth … This is what the wicked are like - always carefree, they increase in wealth."

And though these wicked folk even seem to blaspheme the Most High God, someone who has strived to keep his heart pure before the Lord, someone like David, receives only punishment from the Lord:

"Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning …"

I know that many of you out there can relate to what David is experiencing here. All we have to do is look around us when we are in the midst of trouble and it seems like God is blessing everyone BUT us! He is taking care of the unbelievers OVER the believers!

And what do we tend to do when we are in such a situation?

Most of us react by closing ourselves in and focusing our thoughts on our problems and how unfair God is. But this isn't what David did: "… till I entered the sanctuary of God …"

David didn't just sit there accusing God of being unfair, he sought God!

And what happened?

First of all, in the presence of the Almighty God, things came into perspective: "Then I understood their (the wicked) final destiny. Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin …"

And once brought face to face with Truth, David was humbled: "When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you."

Then he was again able to see reality. Notice the Truth that he saw:

1. God never left him: "Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory."

2. God is his everything: "Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

3. No matter what, he can always rejoice in God's presence: "But as for me, it is good to be near God."

4. He will tell of God's goodness, no matter what: "I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds."

Friends, when it seems that the Lord has abandoned us, let's remember David and let's follow his example. Let's seek God! Let's rejoice in His presence! And when we do, we will learn 4 important lessons:

a. God will punish those who have created the situations we are in.

B. When we are grieved and our spirits embittered, we become senseless and ignorant, a brute beast before God.

C. We are nothing without God. Even in the midst of horrible circumstances, it is good to be near God, to make the Sovereign Lord our refuge, to seriously be able to say, "God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever!"

D. No matter the circumstances, God has never left us!

Then all that's left to do is to tell of God's goodness!

If we follow David's example, then our perspectives will change. Our hearts will lighten, and we will again be filled with the joy of the Lord.

Don't believe David?

Why not try it for yourselves?

In His love,

Lyn

Lyn Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two teens, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, www.scripturalnuggets.org, with Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org.