The Attentiveness of God

Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship,
    and punctuate it with Hallelujahs:
Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;
    give glory, you sons of Jacob;
    adore him, you daughters of Israel.
He has never let you down,
    never looked the other way
    when you were being kicked around.
He has never wandered off to do his own thing;
    he has been right there, listening.
–Ps 22:22-24 (The Message)


What was David thinking when he wrote this psalm? This psalm, which is heavy with Messianic overtones, begins with “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? (Ps 22:1, NIV) In anguish, David cries out that he is overlooked and forgotten. Twenty-three verses later David testifies, “…he never wandered off to do his own thing; he has been right there, listening.” (PS 22:24; The Message) .

When we feel insignificant and overlooked, we need to consider God’s creation. God created, and is intimately involved, with the smallest plankton to the largest whale. God designed the heavens giving masterful design to solar systems and, still, crafted the most intimate details of our DNA. God’s fingertips display his artistry in a field of lilies and grasses which bloom in glory one day and fade the next (Mt 6:26).  God’s omnipotence is seen in the myriads of microscopic organisms that play in a drop of water. He plants his life force everywhere in creation. He watches over cherubim and seraphim. In short: He made it. He gets it. He’s got it!


In the times when I feel most alone; I am not. In those times when I feel most discouraged; he sees me. In times when others turn their backs on me and leave me; he stays right next to me. When Satan cries out that I am forgotten and despised, I need to remember that David and Jesus felt the same way. Nevertheless, whether it is 23-verses or 23-years, I know that I will discover, He never wandered off to do his own thing. He has been right there, listening.”  

Sometimes we say, “The Devil is in the detail.” Perhaps we should say, “My God created the Devil and every detail! He is faithful. He’s got it under control.”

Next Steps

Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “Some of you have been in deep waters through pain, poverty and bereavement. Loved ones and friends have forsaken you – but not God. He will hear the prayer of the humble heart. God will not forsake you. He is very near in your distress.”