The psalms are full of beautiful expressions of our human experience. In this stanza, the psalmist is crying out for God’s intervention and wondering how long he will have to wait for it to come. The New Living Translation renders verse 81, “I am worn out waiting for your rescue.” Can you relate? Have you ever been desperate for God’s rescue in your life? Have you pleaded with Him to move on your behalf? To answer a prayer or change a circumstance? Have you ever felt like God was far off? You are not alone.
When we find ourselves in a season of waiting for God while we endure difficulty, we can dig into this section of scripture and follow the example of the psalmist. First, we can clearly ask God for what it is we need or want (v 84, 85, 86). We may “come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16). God hears our cries and because Jesus has made a way for us, we can pour out our heart to our Father in heaven.
Sandwiched between the psalmist’s cries for God to move on his behalf, he clings to God’s Word and he commits himself to continuing in obedience. As we wait for God to open a door, answer prayer, and renew our spirit, we must choose to hope in His word (v 81). Dig into the scriptures with fervency and ask God to give you the faith you need to cling to them. We must not forget to obey His decrees (v 83) and we must refuse to abandon His commandments (v 87). Remember that God is continually working everything for our good. Even pain, sickness, heartache, persecution, and loss are tools in God’s hand that lead to our sanctification and to a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace. Rest in the unfailing love of God and be confident that “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
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