How Long oh Lord?

How Long oh Lord?

Psalm 13

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader. A Psalm of David.

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain[a] in my soul,
    and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;
    my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

But I trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

As the weeks go on with COVID-19 and the many ways it has halted and altered the world around us. I wonder myself, “How long, O Lord? Have you forgotten me?” I wonder how long it will be before we have in person worship again. Or how long it will be before we can all receive communion together.

I also wonder as I look out at the world. We have seen extraordinary kindness but as things continue, I am starting to notice and dwell on the bad. The bullying, the name calling, the injustice, the poor, the hungry. It is overwhelming.

This Psalm has only 6 verses. The first 4 verses linger in the sense of little hope and comfort. It is ok to voice and be in that space. It is never good to avoid pain, loneliness and sorrow. Maybe need to to just sit with those things for awhile. 

However, we cling to hope we find in God. We don’t have dwell in the land of sorrow or defeat. We can cling to the promises we find in Jesus. That He is the way, the truth and the life.

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