I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof. Psalm 102:7
Many Bible commentators suggest that Psalm 102 was written during a troubling time in the history of God’s people. It most likely refers to the Babylonian captivity when God’s chosen people were held captive, God’s house was in shambles, the holy city was in ruins, allies had deserted them, and God’s work on earth was seemingly at a standstill.
Today’s passage describes how lonely and distraught the Psalmist felt. But haven’t we all felt this way at one time or another? Either our finances are in ruins, loved ones have deserted us, we are being held captive by our afflictions, our lives are in shambles, or all we’ve worked for on earth has been for naught. We feel alone and isolated from all hope. Because of our dire circumstance, we often believe God has deserted us and we wallow in deep despair.
However, nothing could be further from the truth. God remains forever with the believer. His Holy Spirit lives within the heart of His children. All we need do is to focus on God and not on our circumstances. How do we do this? Whenever I begin to feel discouraged, distraught, or in despair, I pick up the Bible and read my favorite passage from Philippians, Psalms, or Galatians. These always remind me that God is an ever present force in my life and His strength is sufficient for all my struggles brought on by Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Then I pray and thank God for His help and goodness in my life!
If you are struggling with despair today, read God’s Holy Word. If you are lying awake at night because you can’t sleep, recite familiar passages and pray. You will feel God’s presence which always brings hope and peace. God is always with you. You are never like a bird alone on a roof!