“While they say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’” (Psalm 42:3).
Intrusive thoughts are involuntary, unwelcome, upsetting, distressing and, sometimes, obsessive. The psalmist’s overwhelming sense of despair, that has left him feasting only on the bitterness of his own tears (v.2), is made all the worse by the constant thought of God’s absence. As irrational as it may be, especially in the light of other verses describing his much fuller faith experience, it is a very real and debilitating thought at the time it was written. Whether it’s admitted to or not, all saints have been there. And while we may, at times, find ourselves in the company of the struggling, we must also know there is never a time when we are not among the fellowship of the hopeful.