For the director of music. A psalm of David. 1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, 4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. 5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6 I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.
When I teach my children about prayer, I tell them that God always answers, but the answers could be different to what we expect. The answers could be yes, no or wait.
But what happens when we feel like we don’t get an answer?
In this Psalm, David is longing for answers to his prayers. He states that he feels “forgotten” and that he is now “wrestling with his thoughts”.
Have you ever felt like that? I certainly have! I am often impatient for God’s answers to my prayers. Being patient is a difficult task for any of us, and especially difficult when the prayers you have are very close to your heart, such as the answers may determine your living situation, employment, family life or health. What I especially like about this Psalm is David’s resolve at the end indicating that he has not yet been forsaken by God and that he knows that God will answer his prayer. He states, “But I trust in your unfailing love”.
David has stated how human he is – how difficult it is not to have an answer – and yet he reflects indicating that he has not been forgotten before – so why would he be forgotten now.
To my children I say, while we wait, let’s look around and remember all these things God has done for us so far. Let us remember His grace and favour in our lives and all of His goodness.
Dear God, Thank you for giving us the tool of prayer so that we can communicate with you. Thank you for David and letting him be real about his feelings about waiting for answers in this Psalm. Help us to be patient for the answers that we need in our life. Help us to always remember your love and everything you have done for us.
Written by Susannah Ware