1How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
Sometimes we wonder if the Lord has forgotten about our circumstances even as we’ve prayed earnestly for Him to intervene and answer our cries for help. In fact, as more time passes we can grow impatient and our questioning of God can become quite intense as exhibited by the Psalmist David as he writes, “1How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?” This is a natural response to suffering, pain, hardship, and grief that lingers over an extended period of time, coupled with the inner battle of the mind searching for both answers and relief to life’s troubling circumstances. Whether our trials are from within or from without, if we determine they have taken a position of “triumph” over us, it can be a major source of anxiety and depression in our lives as we seek peace, rest, and refuge.
However, in the midst of his struggle, David rightly responds petitioning God for help, “3Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, 4and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall.” David’s request is that God would open his eyes once again so he may fully see the glory, hope, strength, and faithfulness of his Lord to deliver him out of or to carry him through this difficult season of his life. One anonymous author wrote, “Often times we go through Strange Delays in God’s handling of situations.” Echoing these thoughts on God’s knowledge and perfect timing, Charles Spurgeon penned these words, “God is too wise to be mistaken, God is too good to be unkind.” God is always working on our behalf even in times of lengthy waiting or what we may deem to be strange delays.
Setting a great example for us in times of extended waiting, even times of waiting through hardship, David writes, “5But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” There will be many seasons and circumstances, some even extended and strange, filled with hardship that will test our faith, cause us to ask God some tough questions, and wonder if we’re winning the battle or not. But as David reminds us, we can trust in God’s unfailing love, rejoice in our salvation through Jesus, and praise the Lord for even the smallest blessings He has given us today. For there is not one day the Lord has not been good to us.
Father, I first and foremost praise You today because You by nature are always good and have my best interest in mind as I wait for You. I will not always understand the lengthy or strange delays in my life because Your thoughts are not my thoughts nor are Your ways my ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9) I’m thankful that You know what’s best for me and You promise to walk with me through the circumstances of my life moment by moment as I seek after You. Lord, today may I trust in Your unfailing love and rejoice in my salvation even If I’m waiting on You to move in some area of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!