Why…?

Read Psalm 43

Focus on verse 2

 

There are times when we do not understand why something has happened. When this happens we wonder, and we sometimes ask the question “why?” When we do not receive and answer to our question, it can be very frustrating.

The writer of Psalm 43 asks numerous times, “why have you (God) rejected me? Why do I go about mourning? Why is my soul cast down?”

Apparently the writer is reflecting on the difficult circumstance they find themselves in and are seeking an explanation from God. When He does not immediately answer the rationalization begins. He says, in effect; “Wait a minute, You are the God I take refuge in… You have an obligation here to come to my aid… what is taking so long?” In this case God does not reply. Rather he allows the psalmist to find his way to the answer. In verse five he concludes, “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Perhaps in this case the why question is not really about getting an explanation, but is rather an accusation of injustice with the assumption that something should be done about it. When nothing happens – and no explanation is given, the choice that remains is to either accept what has happened and move on, or to continue to grouse about how unfair it is. What is one to do when there does not seem to be a viable answer to the apparent injustice of one’s experience? The choices are not complicated. In this case the psalmist finds that shortest way back to hope and joy seems to be to praise God anyway. I have found that there is transforming power that is released when we choose to praise the Lord in difficult times.

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About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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