There is a secret here that the Psalmist has learned that I desperately need to learn as well. It’s the “now”, “then”, and “will soon be” secret. It’s a truth about God that can bring hope in the darkest times.
I get so stuck in the “now”… the pain of my current situation or hardship. God wants to hear about it – he truly, truly cares (see 1 Peter 5:7). That’s what the Psalmist did in this passage. But he quickly moves on to what he knows – for certain – what he’s witnessed in the past. God has come through for me before! (V14) The Psalmist remembers the “then”.
Only armed with the “then” can we look confidently to the “will soon be”. (V17-18) Because God has been faithful, we can trust Him that He will be faithful.
Please Heavenly Father, in every “now“ situation, help me remember the “then”, and, through Jesus, claim as mine the “will soon be”.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen