Scripture: Psalm 32:7–11
Key Verse: “You are hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7)
There are few words that seem appropriate when someone loses a loved one. Some will try to say the right thing, others will send you a card, some may even send you some flowers. In the midst of this hardship, it may be extremely hard to feel God in your life. Nothing seems to ease the pain and the grief that you feel. I know. I recently lost my dad. Like me, you may even cry out to God, and you feel like God isn’t listening.
When you read this psalm you realize that it is okay to hurt, it’s okay to grieve, it’s okay to be frustrated. God is your hiding place, and though it may not seem like it, God is with you in your hardship and will deliver you. It may not happen immediately, and you may not experience a quick healing from the pain. But it’s going to be okay. God’s back isn’t turned during your hardship, and he isn’t ignoring your cries and your pains. God has given you and me more than that—God has given himself. God is our hiding place. He preserves us from trouble. We need to lean into the truth that God gives himself, especially in the hardest of times, when we’ve lost a parent!
What does God being “your hiding place” look like? Is it crying out to him prayer? Or singing worship music to God by yourself? In what ways are you are able to recognize God’s presence in the midst of hardship and/or loss?
Try to think about the toughest areas of this loss for you. How are you able to give these areas to God? Can you identify what that looks like in your life?
This week, spend some time by yourself talking with God about your loss. Be honest with God. Explain your struggles and frustrations to God. Be okay with the fact that you might be extremely sad, or angry. That is a part of being real with God.
Lord, I keep wondering, “Why?” I am aware that I need your presence and peace in my life. It’s not easy, and I am having a hard time finding you in this. Please reveal your presence to me. Please comfort me in this time. I pray that you would radically intervene in this tough situation and flood my heart with your love and grace in my life. This isn’t easy, and I want to know that you are in this with me. Thank you for being a God who cares, even in the midst of extreme hardship in my life. Amen.