HURRY UP, GOD!
Sovereign Lord, as I read your Word today, remind me that I am not a victim of happenstance, but rather, I am your beloved child, for whom you have a plan and a future.
Read PSALM 70
For the director of music. Of David. A petition.
1 Hasten, O God, to save me;
come quickly, Lord, to help me.
2 May those who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
3 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.
4 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The Lord is great!”
5 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Lord, do not delay.
- Psalm 70:1 In Hebrew texts 70:1-5 is numbered 70:2-6.
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ReflectHow long should you reasonably wait before your prayers are answered?
One of the disconnects between us and our God has to do with time. The Almighty dwells in eternity and oversees the full picture. We bumble along day by day, indeed often counting the days until our adversaries are displaced and put to ‘shame and confusion’ (v 2). I don’t suppose there has ever been a believer who has not called upon God to ‘hasten,’ to move us quickly past our current woes and into the safe space, the place of contentment that we instinctively sense should be just up ahead. Why does God so often seem to prefer time scales beyond our understanding? Come on, Lord! What’s the delay?
Perhaps I would not dare to type that unless I had just read verse 5. The great thing about the psalmists is that they are never afraid to declare to God precisely how they feel. One reason for the boldness of the writers is that they are, in several respects, in the right place. Their very first words here are a cry to God. They readily acknowledge their own lowliness and God’s greatness. They clearly count themselves among those in verse 4, those on the Lord’s side. It is in this role as God’s servant that the psalmist feels able to ask for God’s support in putting down the adversaries described in verses 2 and 3.
Are there circumstances in which God is calling you to wait, to be patient, to trust him? Commit them to him today.
Whatever happens today, Lord, I know that I can come to you for help, and I am trusting that your timing is perfect in all things.
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