Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. (Psalm 27:9 from the Introit for Trinity 5)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Where did God go when that happened? Where was He? Why wasn’t He around? If it were really true that the Lord has abandoned us, we wouldn’t last a second. We ask those questions, however, because we doubt and the trials and temptations of this life make us wonder whether or not God has abandoned us.
So the psalmist cries out for the Lord never to forsake him. And the Lord doesn’t forsake him or you. He’s somewhere, somewhere specific, somewhere to be there for you, to forgive you and rescue you from all your enemies.
When you are troubled by God’s seeming absence, then see Christ in the flesh. In the manger. In the Jordan River. In the wilderness. On the cross. By the empty tomb. That is where God is, for His people, for you.
When you suffer some struggle or awful thing, and you wonder where God is, look to the font where you were baptized. Look to the altar where His body and blood are given to you. Look in the Word of the Holy Scriptures. Look to the pulpit and your pastor. In those places, those gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation will remind you that the Lord has not forsaken you at all. Rather, He is right there in those holy places to save you.
Tomorrow’s divine service is the answer to the psalmist’s prayer. “Do not forsake me; do not abandon me!” And the Lord has not and never will. He’s right there in water and Word, body and blood. Right there always for you. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Drawn to the cross, which Thou has blessed With healing gifts for souls distressed, To find in Thee my life, my rest, Christ crucified, I come. (LSB 560:1)