A Psalm of
Distress... And... uplifting
Encouragement and Comfort
A Psalm of David
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How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever?
how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
having sorrow in my heart daily?
how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Most of us have asked God that question.
Problems, Trials, and Tribulations
I cry out to God,
During difficult times,
it sometimes feels like God
is far away.
It feels like he is hiding or ignoring me.
it feels like God is tuning me out -
the way we sometimes do,
with a fussy baby
while we are preparing his bottle.
My mind and my faith
know God is with me
but my emotions
tell me otherwise.
Only when I SEE
my problems being solved
and my trials winding down,
that God is there.
3 Consider and hear me,
O Lord my God:
lighten mine eyes,
lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest mine enemy say,
I have prevailed against him;
and those that trouble me
rejoice when I am moved.
God invites us to pray to him with words like:
listen to my cry...
In verse 3, David cries out,
"Help me or I'm going to die."
Whether this is reality or it just feels that way,
this psalm is written
to help us not to feel so alone and isolated.
This psalm comforts us
as we realize
that others have felt this way
- and -
God himself inspired these words
he understands our emotions
and he understands the tight places
we sometimes find ourselves
5 But I have trusted in thy mercy;
my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
David is gaining strength
from remembering his past dedication
declaring that he will continue
to stay steady
in trusting God.
David is also nailing down his commitment
to rejoice and praise God
God saves him from this situation.
Many people pray fervently when in trouble,
but when the deliverance comes,
they forget to praise and thank God.
6 I will sing unto the Lord,
because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
In the previous section,
David promised to praise God
for his salvation
the salvation comes.
In this verse,
he is saying that
he will not wait till his salvation
to praise God -
there are many great things
that God has already done for him -
things that are worthy of praise!