“Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.” vs. 16
The psalmist didn’t know everything about God. His knowledge–like ours–was certainly limited, but he did believe that when things got tough God would deliver him from his adversaries. For faithful Israelites that was a given. From their perspective, they simply would not have survived as a people if God had not acted as their rescuer and redeemer. But even though the psalmist trusted God, he wondered why God’s prayer response time seemed to be so slow. Sometimes that’s our question, too. It is so very natural for us to cry out for assistance when we’re feeling harassed and harried. In those moments we can pray up a storm with no problem at all…and when there seems to be no answer it can be frustrating. There are some among us who even give up in such circumstances. It’s tempting to just stop believing in God. In the presence of such doubts, it’s wise for us to think back on one important thing that we do know about God, something that Jesus reminds us of again and again–that one truth to hang our hats on–God’s steadfast love! That knowledge kept the psalmist praying, and it’s what sustains us through the barren times of life. As we often sing in our worship, “God is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” God’s mercy endures forever.
Thought for the Day: At what point is it advisable to give up on our prayers?