The psalmist’s cry comes from a place of desperate yearning. It is an anguish that most of us have felt at one time or another, when we have felt alone in our suffering. Sometimes, as Christians, we might even feel guilty for these feelings, wondering if they mean we do not have enough faith to get us through dark times. After the birth of my second child, I suffered post-partum depression so severe that I needed medication, and sometimes I worried that I was a weak Christian because I couldn’t feel God with me.
Yet longing for God is a normal part of life and a sign that we believe God wants us to be happy. We yearn for the Lord because we know that only God’s light is enough to dispel the darkness around us. Like the psalmist, our cries come from a place of faith.
How blessed we are then, that God does indeed bring light and banish darkness, like the sun rising at dawn sends the night away. Our God is steadfast and in Christ we see proof that the light of God overcomes all darkness. We wait for the Lord because we know the Lord is coming.
God of light, in times of darkness, help us to remember that your coming is more certain than the dawn. Amen. — KDH