Seeking, longing, searching… this poor Psalmist is waiting on the Lord to deliver him from this affliction.
He is trying to remain strong, but he is growing weary, feeling as though he could faint. His eyes are tired from looking for glimpses of God.
Have you ever been there? I know I have.
The Psalmist knows that God loves him, but the questions are building in his mind: “How much longer, Lord?” “When will you comfort me?” (Psalm 119:82).
He is needing a break.
If his life was a football game, he’d be calling a time out.
Let’s just say that the path he is walking is no “walk in the park.” It may be the “straight and narrow,” but God never called it “easy.”
I love the honestly of this Psalmist. He’s just real with God. He’s over this affliction he has been going through, and he’s ready for God to move in and pronounce judgment over the men who have been causing him so much pain.
“Enough is enough,” you can almost hear him say.
“When will you punish my persecutors?” The question that has been taunting him in his mind finally breaks free (Psalm 119:84).
“How much more?”
God is building this man’s patience and faith.
As before, the Psalmist turns to God’s commands and declares them trustworthy… even in the midst of the unknown.
“Help me…” (vs. 86).
It’s not a fancy prayer, but it’s genuine and comes straight from the Psalmist’s heart. God will take simple and heartfelt prayers over fancy and routine any day.
And so we find our Psalmist friend waiting on the Lord to intervene. To be his Deliverer, his Redeemer, his Savior.
But in the waiting, he doesn’t lose hope. And neither should we.
I’m not sure why God is waiting so long to deliver this poor man from this difficult situation, but I do know this: God is good and what He does is good. And so we continue to seek the Lord, placing our trust and hope in Him.
One of the many beautiful aspects of being a Christian is that no matter how dark our life is right now, we always have heaven to look forward to.
Our best is yet to come.
And so like the Psalmist, we find ourselves in the waiting.
Waiting for God to move.
Waiting for “doors” to open.
Waiting for a break in our “storms.”
And in the waiting God is there.
Though we may feel like we are being torn down, He is building strength into us. As we dig into His Word and ponder Scripture – holding His promises closer to our hearts than ever before – we cling to His truth. What Satan may have tried to hurt us with, God uses to bring us closer to Him, strengthening us in our faith and increasing our capacity for greater patience.
Like the Psalmist, maybe you too feel weak, like you are ready to “tap out” of the battle. It’s just getting too hard.
Know this… you are not alone.
“Rest on His promises and rely on His love. When the Father allows His children to go into the furnace of affliction, He keeps His eye on the clock and His hand on the thermostat. He knows how long and how much. To walk by faith will bring unrest and weakness, but to meditate on the Word will bring peace and power.” –Warren W. Wiersbe
No matter what you are facing today, remember that God is strengthening you and purifying you for a greater purpose.
Keep your eyes focused on Him. He will not forsake you.
Let’s Talk: How is God using your time of “waiting” to strengthen you in your faith?
Love God Greatly!