Summary: Loneliness is an issue that impacts more christians than most might think. David dealt with loneliness through the writing of Psalms
Solitaire: Dealing with Loneliness
Series: The Games of Life
October 23, 2011
The game of solitaire:
Ninety-two percent of the Christians attending a recent Bible conference admitted in a survey that feelings of loneliness are a major problem in their lives. All shared a basic symptom: a sense of despair at feeling unloved and a fear of being unwanted or unaccepted. This is a tragic commentary on the people about whom Christ said: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35).
Robert S. McGee, The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth through God’s Eyes (Nashville: Word Pub., 1998), 54.
Loneliness is epidemic in American culture. There is more ways to connect with people than ever before but loneliness is on a steady increase. Loneliness is about more than just being alone. There are many people who live alone but rarely experience loneliness. There are others who are surrounded by people are feel the pang of loneliness. Loneliness is more an issue of the heart than it is about the presence of others. Loneliness is the emotional response to abandonment or separation.
1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3 Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; 4 my enemy will say, "I have overcome him, " and my foes will rejoice when I fall. 5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.
The cry of a lonely heart – How long
How Long – repeated four times in two verses
How long – The cry of a lonely heart
The traditional view of this Psalm’s authorship belongs to David and may have been written during a time of great trial or personal sickness. Many view these words written during the period when David was forced to flee from Saul. It makes sense that the author would be David and the time of flight would also connect with the wording of the Psalm.
The words here are a heartfelt cry for the presence of God. The words are ripped with raw emotion that echoes through the entire passage. The words How long are repeated four times in these first two verses. They are the opening of a desperate cry to God from the depths of loneliness and despair. We know that at this time in David’s life, there was an incredible amount of problems. David was separated from his family and his home while Saul was trying to find a way to kill him. The situation looked grim and the chances of ever becoming the promised king were dwindling by the moment.
David pours out his heart to God in these moments when intensity of the emotions are at their highest and David is at his lowest. These words flow out of a sense of desperation, despair and loneliness. David was in the midst of a depth of personal need that no one but God could meet.