“May the Lord show his constant love during the day, so that I may have a song at night, a prayer to the God of my life”.
Ps 42:8 GNB
Life is never simple and straightforward. Not after childhood anyway. One day we work and make progress. The next day we encounter problems that set us back and sometimes make us wish we had seen them ahead so that we could have averted them. One day life seems wonderful and exciting. The next it seems dull, monotonous and boring.
The man in Psalm 42 found he was in a constant state of flux. He glowed with joy, faith and confidence on one occasion, then hit the skids of misery and despondency immediately afterwards. He found that life isn’t simple. His God seemed to come and go as his loneliness and misery went up and down like a yo-yo. That, he was discovering, was part of the mystery of life. He was up and down. God was evident now, but he knew that spiritual darkness could descend on him at any time. In this verse (v 8) he asks for God to show his constant love by day so that he would have a song at night and a prayer.
Your life is probably a mystery too – a strange mixture of joy and sadness, hope and despair, good fortune and bad, good health and sickness, love and rejection, faith and doubt. Don’t think you are somehow different and that others sail along without a care in the world – just because they appear to be serene. Accept the mysterious nature of life. Don’t fight against it. And face it in the certainty that Christ will be with you in it whatever happens.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, help me to cope with all the mysteries of life.