1 O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?
2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
3 Turn and answer me, O LORD my God! Restore the light to my eyes, or I will die.
4 Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
6 I will sing to the LORD because he has been so good to me.
Do you ever feel as though God has forgotten you? Does it seem that He looks the other way as your life crumbles around you? You’ve tried so hard to do the right things, yet your life is full of anguish. David was struggling with feeling deserted by God, sadness in his heart, and attacks of enemies. Yet he ends this Psalm with praise and thanksgiving for God’s goodness. From the desperation in verses 1-4 to the shift of attitude in verse six, David’s situation did not change, but his perspective did. Instead of focusing on the problem, he has turned his attention to God’s love and other times God rescued him. His honesty displays a truth that sometimes we feel defeated even to the point of depression.
Faith comes easy when things are going well, but the true test of our faith is determined by the trials that seem to tear us limb from limb. In those moments, when it seems there is no hope, remember these tips:
1. God loves you and His compassion never fails. Remind yourself of this truth daily, or hourly if needed.
2. Reflect on God’s deliverance in the past. From what situations has he delivered you previously?
3. Talk to God. Pray often and be honest about your feelings and questions.
4. Talk to a trusted, christian friend or pastor. You don’t have to suffer alone.
David reminds us in this Psalm that even when we struggle through the sorrows that come in life there is one thing of which we can be sure. God’s love! It never fails. He has rescued you in the past and will rescue you again. Keep singing and praising His name in the midst of your trouble.
In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”