Day 4

Day 4: Loneliness & Isolation

Psalm 25:1, 8-11, 16-21

1 In you, Lord my God,
   I put my trust.

8 Good and upright is the Lord;
   therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
   and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
   toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
   forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
   for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
   and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
   and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
   and how fiercely they hate me!

20 Guard my life and rescue me;
   do not let me be put to shame,
   for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
   because my hope, Lord, is in you.
Discussion: In our times of difficulty we tend to feel like we are isolated and alone. We may feel that no one understands what we are going through, or we might feel like we do not want to burden others with our problems. In this season of social distancing, it can be especially easy to struggle with feelings of loneliness and isolation since we cannot always be physically present with each other. When we start to feel lonely or isolated, we can turn to Psalm 25.

In Psalm 25, the psalmist expresses his loneliness in the face of his affliction and asks God to intervene. It is interesting to note that when we read this psalm in its entirety, it is ultimately an expression of trust. The psalmist spends the majority of the poem recalling God’s character and expressing his trust in God and desire to follow God’s commands. In the midst of his loneliness and affliction, the psalmist knows that what he needs most is to remember who God is and to remember that his purpose is to trust and follow God. 

When we are feeling lonely, we can be encouraged when we remember all the ways God has been with us in the past. He is the one who guides us in truth and gives us hope. He is the one who shows us great mercy and love though we do not deserve it. In Him, we are not alone. In Him, our lives find meaning and purpose. 


Engagement: 
  1. Read Psalm 25 again.
  2. Reflect on Psalm 25. Try to rephrase it into your own language and connect it to your own situation. If you enjoy writing or journaling, try to rewrite your own version of this psalm.
  3. Pray using Psalm 25 as your guide. Affirm your trust in God. Thank Him for his great love and mercy. Remember the ways He has been with you in the past. Ask Him to help you find relief from your current feelings of loneliness and isolation. Thank God for being your comfort and strength.
  4. Worship God. Check out these songs on our playlist: “Never Once” by Matt Redman, “Another in the Fire” by Hillsong United, & “Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells and join us for Wednesday Worship on Facebook Live at 6PM!
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