“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand— you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.” I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O Lord, well know. I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness. Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage. Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me. May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!” As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.” Psalms 40:1-17 NLT
In this world when you remove God things like apathy, anger, and the concept that everything is meaningless becomes logical. Without God despair is the only thing that “feels” real to us. In this worldview pain validates our existence. Even though by thinking that way it screams of the existence of God. If you really didn’t care this thought process, emotional turmoil wouldn’t exist. You would not function because there would be no point if you’re apathetic. In truth apathy is suppression. As why would we trust the people of this earth without God. This world is terrifying without God. This world overwhelms us and is too big to process and thrive in without God. With God instead of fending for ourselves we’re trusting in God. Crying out to him with full confidence knowing he will provide. Our eyes should not be on the problems but instead we should have joy in how God will solve it. We need to look at and for the solutions not all the sin around us. When we look at the sin we end up blaming everyone around us even ourselves till the point where it’s too painful to feel. Focus on God, search for him, and take joy in his creation.
This post first appeared on my personal website.