The closeness of God

Reading: Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.

The Psalms proclaim Jesus Christ to be the only help in suffering, for in him God is with us.

Psalms

“Why have you forgotten me?" (Ps. 42:9).

This question comes from the lips of all Christians when everything stands against them, when all earthly hope has been shattered, when in the course of great world events they feel totally lost, when all of life’s goals seem unattainable, and everything appears pointless.

When I fall into doubt, God remains solid as a rock. When I waver, God remains unshakable. When I become unfaithful, God becomes faithful.

To endure humiliation and to be mocked for the sake of the faith—that has been a distinction of the godly for centuries. It hurts body and soul that no day passes without the name of God being doubted and blasphemed. Where, then, is your God? I con­fess God before the world and before all enemies of God when in deepest need I believe in God’s goodness, when in guilt I believe in forgiveness, when in death I believe in life, when in defeat I believe in victory, when in desolation I believe in God’s gracious presence.

Those who have found God in the cross of Jesus Christ know how won­derfully God hides himself in this world and how he is closest precisely when we believe him to be most distant.