God Hidden and Revealed
Sunday, May 17
While I was in seminary, the biblical scholar Samuel Terrien had just written his book, The Elusive Presence. He describes how God, in freedom, chooses to be revealed and, at other times, chooses to be hidden. In today’s text, the psalmist declares the living God being revealed in the exodus. “God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity” (v. 6). The psalmist celebrates God’s faithfulness. How sweet is the presence of the living God!
But then there are times when God is elusive and hidden. In Lamentations 5:21-22, the desolate cry is heard, “Restore us to thyself, O Lord, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old! Or hast thou utterly rejected us? Art thou exceedingly angry with us?” (RSV).
O God, let your presence be known! When you seem elusive, let us know you are there. Rekindle the fire in our hearts when we feel indifferent. Restore us to yourself! Amen.