Day 26: El Sali

“O [El Sali],” I cry,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?”

Psalm 42:9

El Sali: God My Strength (or God My Rock)

Psalm 42 has long been the comfort of drooping souls. “Why am I so discouraged?” “Why is my soul so sad?” David repeats these questions as though they are looping in his mind. This is a man who is low, and he can’t shake it. He feels abandoned, alone, lifeless; I have felt these things too recently, even today. And yet in the midst of this, he calls God El Sali – “God My Strength.” Because he knows. He knows none of his successes ever came from himself; they were all done in strength beyond his own. So he rallies – and again, he puts his hope where it belongs, in El Sali, in his Rock Himself.

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