“O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.”Psalm 22:2
Depression is intimately tied to loneliness. And by loneliness, I mean that sense of estrangement from God and others that leaves you without a firm idea of who you are. Today, let’s focus on that feeling of being estranged from God.
It is clear that David, like many of us, experienced great seasons of loneliness and feelings of abandonment by God. In Psalm 22, David wrote that he felt forsaken and ignored by God while the pain of this world bore down upon him. You may resonate with that. Yet as we see so often in the psalms, David’s weeping turned to hope. Psalm 22 ends with the powerful reminder: “He has done it.”
As we read in Mark 15:34, Jesus took this psalm upon His lips on the cross, crying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and declaring, “It is finished” (John 19:30). He knows the feeling of estrangement from God. Therefore, you can know your faithful High Priest empathizes with this particular struggle. More than that, He suffered God’s forsakenness so that you would never be forsaken.
Friend, cry out to the Lord today in your loneliness. Be honest with Him. He hears you, and for Christ’s sake will refresh your heart.
Bible In A Year
- Nehemiah 7
- Psalm 34
- Mark 13