For many of us, the most challenging situations are the ones that drag out. To be hit by something extremely difficult, yet brief, is usually more manageable than extended trials. We have the breath we need for the sprints of life but not the marathons. Yet it is through these longer experiences that God can and will build up our spiritual stamina. The psalmist here is experiencing a test of marathon proportions.
This is why the psalm begins the first 2 verses with 4 “how long” questions. It’s not so much what he is dealing with, but the length of it all that begins to wear on him. Yet, even like David, when we feel God doesn’t care or isn’t paying attention to us, it is God that we can always come to and pour out our heart. If you are in a similar situation, I would like to encourage you to do the same. Even if God seem to be at a distance and ignoring you, keep coming to Him, even complaining to Him. He knows our heart anyway and how we are struggling. God wants us to learn to trust Him, even in the silence. In verse 3, David cries out for God to respond in some way to him. Let me know God that You are still there. David’s concern is that if God doesn’t change his situation soon that his enemies will think they have won; that they have prevailed over him (v.4).
But, as is often the case, alongside of our doubt and discouragement, there is a seed of faith that has been planted so deeply that even the darkest of hours cannot extinguish it. This is where we find the psalmist in the last 2 verses. In fact, it is my personal conviction that it was because David stayed in contact with God even when he was angry with God and questioning Him, that turned his attitude of defeat back into confidence. Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
The word “trust” in verse 5 means “to have confidence, to be bold, be secure.” But note where the psalmist’s confidence and security rests. It rests in the Lord’s faithfulness. This word was used in the Old Testament to describe God’s covenant loyalty. God’s Word is sure. His promises are true. His character can be relied upon. No wonder the lament of the first few verses now turns to praise at the end. David realizes that God will vindicate him. Maybe you are experiencing an extended trial, and maybe God seems so far away and unconcerned. Don’t give up! Keep crying out to God and talking to Him even in your pain. Your fellowship with Him will ignite your faith and your faith will direct your focus away from the circumstances to the promises and principles of God’s Word. Trust in God’s faithfulness.
For His glory,