Psalm 22:1 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?”
Have you ever felt like God seems millions of miles away? King David, author of the Psalms did. David constantly asked God where He was and why He did not feel close to him. David was considered “a man after God’s own heart”, but believed that many times God seemed MIA (missing in action).
As David and Job both found, the deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain and loneliness. According to Pastor Rick Warren, “friendships are often tested by separation and silence”. This is also true in our relationship with God. The pendulum will swing both ways and worship may seem difficult. The situations that will stretch your faith most will be those times when life falls apart and God is nowhere to be found. Do you know that admitting your hopelessness to God can be a statement of faith? This is true worship. Here are some examples: You can say something like “God I cannot do this without you”, “God I need you right now”, and “God I feel so alone”.
Pastor Rick Warren in his book “Purpose Driven Life” says “When you feel abandoned by God yet continue to trust him, in spite of your feelings, you worship Him in the deepest way. Remember the promise God made us “For God has said, I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 (TEV)
How can I stay focused on God’s presence even when He feels distant?