Oh Lord, how long?!


I hate to wait.  Not many people enjoy it but I really despise waiting (it’s why I play Christmas music in July…who can wait!).  What is really hard is when the waiting is when I am waiting on someone to come and help me out.  The other day, I am ashamed to admit that I ran out of gas once again and this time I had to call my oldest daughter to come and rescue me (have you ever gotten a lecture from your child about putting gas in a car! Ugh!).  Now I know that I called her and she told me where she was and I knew how long it would take, but sitting on the side of the road stranded, each car passing by made me feel like I was sitting there for hours.  “How long, O Clarissa until you bring me thy gas!”  It was tempting to think that she would never come and I should just abandon the vehicle and start walking, but I had to keep reminding myself that she would come, she would bring gas, I would drive once again.

How long, O Lord?  The psalmist feels like God has forgotten him.  That God is not hearing his prayers and not doing anything to help him in his distress.  We all have been there, haven’t we?  I know I have.  But look again at how the psalmist ends this psalm.  He says that he trusts in God’s unfailing love and he will sing to the Lord.  Even when it seems like God is delaying, not listening, not helping…we trust in God’s love and His goodness.

So when it feels like God is delaying, focus not on the delay but on the unfailing love of God and His goodness to you.  This will give you hope, which will give you the ability to wait on God.

Psalm 13:1-6

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

Oh Lord, how long?!

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