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  1. Anguish! I have been in this Psalmist’s place crying out to God in the morning. The Psalmist cries to the Lord in faith knowing the hesed covenant faithfulness (steadfast love) of Yahweh. There is nothing worse than when we feel like God has sidelined us, but us on a shelf or forgotten us by hiding His Face. However we know that the Triune God is with us and indwelling us even when we can’t “feel” it. Praise God that we can cry out to Him in our brokenness. That we can be real before the Lord our God. Love and blessings to you and your family!

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    1. You are right, Mandy! We “praise GOD that we can cry out to Him in our brokenness” even if we perceive/feel that He is not listening or His too far away or sidelined our predicament or forgotten His “faithful.” Thank you for sharing the same situation and it is something we can hope for that GOD really is not sidelining or forgetting us as He listens to your prayer and anyone else in that kind of situation. As the lyrics of the song goes, “all things work for our good (Romans 8:28), though sometimes we don’t see how they could. Struggles that break our hearts in two, sometimes blind us to the truth. Our Father knows what’s best for us, His ways are not our own (Isaiah 55:8-9), so when your pathway grows dim and you just don’t see Him, remember you’re never alone” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Out of brokenness, we can even see the need for GOD more and it is a GOD renewed heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27) that we accept and come to believe in Him by faith, otherwise, we will just be bitter, walked away, and become a skeptic. We (including you our dear readers) thank GOD that He indwells in us that we are in a situation now of trusting His sovereignty and knowing that He will rescue us according to His divine will/plan. Two songs that come to mind on this post, these are Footprints in the Sand and Trust His Heart (version 2, 2008). Blessings to you, Nathan, and your family! Stay safe you three!

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      1. Like Jimmy, I am praying this series speaks to people long after you have new verses and images for us. This psalm is timeless, it speaks to all of us. With everything that has transpired in 2020 to today it is easy for people to become discouraged and that God is far. These songs and verses that you have referenced in this response are balms to the spirit and soul. I look forward to listening to these today on our way home. Thank you for your heart to bring God’s Word to the masses! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!

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        1. We all are earnestly praying for that, as this psalm is “relatable” whether during this pandemic or the everyday struggle. This psalm might be a cliff hanger of sorts (like someone narrating the bad experiences only) but we all have an idea how it ends knowing GOD’s merciful grace. Planty is excited to have you back in your home.

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    1. The more we can appreciate GOD as GOD and His merciful grace with this set of verses, Jim! Even if we feel that GOD seems to be not there and He is not listening to our prayers, in reality GOD is always there. He is not hidden in the sidelines but acting for our good in the frontlines and for His glory, as the encouraging posts that come before this series points. He is merciful to us; His answers/responses might not be clear on earth but we will know in Heaven. And in Heaven, it is His grace that matters and earthly predicaments are a thing in the past. Blessings to you and your family! Grateful to GOD for the discovery of picture months ago.

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      1. I’m in agreement with your comment. This stood out: “ Even if we feel that GOD seems to be not there and He is not listening to our prayers, in reality GOD is always there.” Let this encourage us to cry out to God

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