Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.
The movie “Castaway” tells the story of a man, Chuck Noland, marooned on a Pacific Island for four years completely alone. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the story is the loneliness that Chuck experiences. His abject despair for companionship leads him to “befriend” a volleyball that washes up on the shore (the now famous “Wilson”).
There are times in life when we feel like we are on an island totally alone. Life’s difficulties can leave us feeling utterly deserted. The Psalmist identifies this isolation, “Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life” (Psalm 142:4). Wounds can make us feel as if no one understands or is even concerned about us.
Yet, the Psalmist expresses himself honestly to God and even though he is in pain, he acknowledges the God of the universe as his sole source of care and mercy (Psalm 142:1,3). Even if others have intentionally, or unintentionally, wounded you, God knows and cares. He alone can bring hope, healing, and direction amid our pain.
Express yourself honestly to God. Receive His Healing.