1How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
I recently heard a speaker talk about the many different types of bankruptcies for which people can file. The most severe kind is Chapter 7. You file for this when you have ZERO rescources. Zilch, zippo, nuffin.
But if you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you are declaring you have just one resource you can claim.
That’s what makes Psalm CHAPTER 13 (get it?) so very wonderful. David finally realizes toward the end of this chapter, that he is most definitely not alone! He has one resource, and it is the absolute BEST one he could have!
This psalm kind of speaks the words of my similarly bipolar heart. Destitute, despairing! But wait! Thank You!!
“How long?” Man, have I asked this question too many times to count. Maybe you have, too?
How long must I wait for my spouse’s heart to be changed?
How long do I have to continue on with this illness or pain?
How long do I need to wait for You to bring me my children back?
How long do I have to fight this battle?
It is so difficult to continue pressing on with joy when God seems to go silent on us. We can’t even hear a whisper blowing in the wind from His lips. It got me thinking…maybe He does this so we can learn to be trusted with His silence. I mean, THAT is seriously the toughest thing in all the world to do: to walk when we cannot see, to rejoice when we cannot hear! To have joy without being given any explanations.
People sometimes make fun of David for his “woe is me” psalms, with a sudden turn-around at the very end. But honestly, aren’t we ALL a little like that? So many nights, I am crying, listing all the things that are wrong in my life, begging to hear ANYTHING from God. Then a switch seems to turn on. “Wait! You ARE here! I know You are! I know You love me! And you give me so many good things! Just forget about all that nonsense I just spewed. Thank you!”
Bottom line. Whatever horrible situations you are facing today, He HAS dealt bountifully with you! We don’t deserve any of the goodness He gives, yet He keeps on giving. The good BOUNTIFULLY outweighs the bad!
My only RESOURCE in this life is most definitely more than enough for me.