February 20, Reading 2 – Psalm 44

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SAA Notes

Have you ever felt that God was asleep? We feel it would be blasphemous to voice such thoughts and doubts out loud, and we’re wrong. The right thing is to voice them to God Himself and to trust in His unfailing love.

SJA Notes

“Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!”

This can be a hard psalm to read and contemplate.

We know that God doesn’t sleep. David knew this too.

So how does he speak this way?

Because this is how we are to pray. We are to come to God in the harrowing of our souls. For our own selves, and for those around us.

David was a king. He bore the burden of the people on his heart.

And so for us, for our loved ones, for those we care for and those we have responsibility for – When calamity is upon us, we can pray such as this to the Lord.

And as David states at the beginning of this psalm, to trust in God for our salvation.

He saves, He saves!

* God Above,

We are humanity, broken and desperate for salvation – Please help us!

You are God, righteous and faithful without fault – Please help us!

Amen.

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