In Psalm 42, the Musician cries out to God about the awful circumstances he is enduring. Things are so bad, he has nothing to eat. He remembers the good old days, when he celebrated in worship with great crowds of enthusiastic believers . Now he is alone, and the unbelievers taunt him: “Where is this God of yours? If your God is so strong and faithful, why are you in such dire straits?”
This sad, discouraged soul feels like he is drowning in a raging sea. Is this how his life ends? Towering waves pound him mercilessly. A strong tide threatens to drag him out to sea. “My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Then it strikes him: Those mountainous waves are God’s waves. These deadly tides ebb and flow at the Lord’s command. Though tossed in a raging sea, our friend is still alive — and God is the one who gives life. “Each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.”
A new resolve rises in his heart: “I will remember your kindness! I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again — my Savior and my God!”
Is life too much for you right now? Do you feel like you’re about to drown? Are you discouraged to the point of just giving up?
Remember that the God who loves you is the one who created the waves that are pounding you. He is Lord of the Tides. Check your pulse. Is your heart still beating? Each pulse is a gift from God. Every single time your heart beats, God says, “I love you! There is a reason you haven’t drowned. Hang in there and trust me.”
Each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon you — even if only in the fact that he awakens you to live another day. Remember the days when he was kind to you. Put your hope in him and trust that he intends to use this storm to help you, not harm you. In the night, when you have no food but your tears, sing praise to him and pray. He is your Savior and your God! He has always been faithful — and he isn’t going to change now.