Psalms are ancient prayers and religious songs. They are, perhaps surprisingly, very contemporary in feel and in the issues that they cover. They are songs of joy and lament and show the people who sang them and wrote them dealing very directly with God. They are not afraid to complain strongly to God when life seems unduly tough. Perhaps we need to catch some of this flavour right now. I often think we are far too polite in our prayers and supplications.
Psalm 44 is one of the readings we cover during advent. It is a rousing call asking God to wake up and take notice of all the suffering that is around him. Even at this distance it feels bold, but it has that unmistakable sense of coming from a place that is both genuine and needed. Advent and the birth of Jesus are, of course, the story of God being involved in the world, and certainly awake, but we all sometimes feel lonely and frustrated. Feel free to pray this Psalm if that is where you are this morning. God definitely won’t mind.
Why do you sleep, Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression?
Front-line Advent, Steve Morris and Barry Hingston, published by Authentic Media. https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/fr...