“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” vs. 18
The psalmist has a compelling perspective. Not only is the Lord the awesome ruler of the universe, one who provides for the needs of every living creature, the Lord is the intimate source of strength and life, as near to us as our breath. It’s important for us to remember this, particularly when we struggle with isolation and a deep sense of loneliness. It’s possible to feel so alone as we make our way on the journey, as though it’s just us and our thoughts and nobody else. We can begin to imagine that no one cares, that there’s no one else in all the world that has us on their minds. Some people actually begin to believe that it doesn’t make any difference whether they live or die, that no one would even notice if they weren’t around anymore. In those moments it’s not that we’ve stopped believing in God, but we stop believing that God is near. It may very well be that our friends and family don’t have us in mind at every moment, but God is close, God’s being is a part of our essence. As another sage puts it in Psalm 139, “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.” So does this make a difference for us? It can! Humans are notoriously fickle as companions and friends…but God is our friend forever.
Thought for the Day: When do I feel most alone?