When God Seems Distant

Scripture: Psalm 74:9, ‘We are given no miraculous signs; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be.’


Observations: This Psalm seems to be written during the exile. The Psalmist talks about ‘these everlasting ruins, this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary, (v3)’ how ‘they smashed all the carved panelling with their axes and hatchets, (v6)’ and ‘burned your sanctuary to the ground. (v7)’ The Psalmist asks God ‘why do you hold back your hand and not destroy those who mock you? (v10-11)’ The Psalmist sees no evidence of God’s power, there are no miraculous signs. And there are no prophets left, no one to tell God’s people what God is doing, or why. If this is set in the exile it is possible that the Psalmist wasn’t aware of Prophets like Daniel and Ezekiel, or he may have lived in a time when these men weren’t currently ministering. But to all intents and purposes God was silent. What’s worse is that no one knew ‘how long this would be.’ He fears that God may have ‘rejected us forever. (v1)’ However, despite God’s apparent inactivity and silence he remembers what he knows about God (v12-17), and he appeals to the covenant (v20), and God’s character (v21).


Application: When we’re going through a difficult time, it can seem that God is distant, we don’t see his miraculous power, we don’t hear his voice, and it feels like we never will again. But it is in times like those that we need to remember who God is and the things he has done in the past. We need to remember God’s great love and grace displayed on the cross in Jesus. We need to remember God’s promises, and trust that God is working for our good. Like the Psalmist we need to be able to say, ‘I am given no miraculous signs and there may be no prophets left, ‘but you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth. (v12)’


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, sometimes You seem so distant, I don’t see Your power at work, and I don’t hear Your voice, and I wonder if You really do care, whether You really do love me. Lord, help me remember that You are always near to those who put their faith in Your Son, Jesus. Help me to remember that in Christ Your love overflows for me. And help me to remember that You always speak to me through Your word. Lord, may I declare Your majesty and glory even when You seem distant. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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