Unveiling God’s Love When You Feel Unwanted
Have you ever felt like God was rejecting you? I know, it doesn’t sound like a typical Sunday Morning Sermon, but sometimes, it can feel this way. For the songwriter Asaph, he wrote what he knew was true: God was rejecting his people, Israel.
When God’s Judgment Feels Overwhelming
In times of distress and uncertainty, it’s natural to wonder if God has turned away from us. Psalm 74, written by Asaph, reflects this very sentiment. Asaph pleads with God to avert the judgment that has befallen the people of Israel. These were not perfect individuals; they were just like us, prone to disobedience and drawn to sinful pleasures.
O God, why have You rejected us forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?” (Psalm 74:1 NASB1995)
God had allowed their enemies to triumph over them, demonstrating that disregarding His commands only leads to downfall. It’s almost as if God had fast-forwarded the consequences of their actions.
A Plea for Mercy and a Reminder of God’s Greatness
Asaph’s plea for mercy doesn’t stand alone. He pairs it with a powerful recollection of God’s mighty deeds and greatness. This isn’t an attempt to stroke God’s ego, but rather a way to remind both himself and his audience of the magnificence of God.
But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth. It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters. (Psalm 74:12-13)
Asaph’s deep understanding of God’s character enables him to direct his focus solely on God, even when addressing others through his songs.
Trusting God’s Control in Difficult Times
While your current circumstances might leave you feeling abandoned, it’s crucial to recognize that God is always in control. Even when it seems otherwise, He orchestrates the events of our lives. The challenges we face and the trials we endure serve a purpose in shaping us.
“I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23 NASB1995)
Applying Psalm 74 to Your Life
Feeling rejected by God can be a daunting experience, but the lessons from Psalm 74 offer us guidance and encouragement.
- Embrace Humility and Repentance. Just as Israel had strayed, there might be times when we’ve gone astray as well. Acknowledging our mistakes and turning back to God with a humble heart can lead to restoration.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NASB1995)
- Reflect on God’s Faithfulness. In the midst of turmoil, take a moment to reflect on the times God has shown His faithfulness in your life. Remembering His past deeds can reignite your hope for the future.
“I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old.” (Psalm 77:11 NASB1995)
- Seek His Presence. Even when circumstances seem bleak, prioritize spending time in God’s presence. A day in His courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
“You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Psalm 16:11 NASB1995)
- Trust His Timing. God’s ways are higher than our ways, and His timing is perfect. Trust that He is working things out for your good, even when it doesn’t align with your timeline.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NASB1995)
When You Feel Rejected
In moments of feeling rejected by God, remember the words of Psalm 74. Asaph’s plea for mercy and his unwavering focus on God’s greatness serve as a beacon of hope. Just as Asaph wasn’t reminding God, but himself and his audience, let this psalm remind you of God’s sovereignty and love. Embrace humility, reflect on His faithfulness, seek His presence, and trust His timing. Through it all, remember that you are never truly rejected by God; He is always with you, guiding you through every season of life.