LORD, do not forsake me;
do not be far from me, my God.
Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.
When we depart from the right ways of God to get into the darkness of sin everything becomes strange and uncomfortable. Being stranded from our Good Shepherd, we realize that we are unprotected and exposed to various attacks of the world, the flesh and Satan. Our trust in the Lord has weakened and the hope that things will go right is lost. Now we can see clearly the dangers that before we could not even realize because we were shielded by the power of the Holy Spirit acting in and directing our lives. The protection has diminished to the point that we no longer feel safe anywhere ever. The enemy knows we are undefended and he makes the most of the opportunity redoubling his attacks with greater fury, knowing that God’s protection will rise again as soon as we cry out to God confessing our sinfulness and seeking his help.
We must always bear in mind that we have been chosen by God and that our place is always with him regardless of the circumstances we have to go through. Christ’s love will always be there to rescue and protect us as soon as we lift up our eyes to him. As the apostle Paul asks, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” And he replies, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What are we waiting for, then, to raise our cry to Him who redeemed us from death and to give us eternal life? Only to God be the glory!Only to God be the glory!