How much longer?

How much longer?

Author: STEVEN SMITHSON
October 15, 2020

As a kid, almost every summer, we went to the lake.  Looking back, this was typically the highlight of my year.  We forged so many great memories on these trips.  Though it didn't take long to get to Ouachita, the two-hour drive seemed like it would last for days.  It led me to ask the question repeatedly, "how much longer."   How long is a question that we ask throughout life's journey many times.  

Psalm 13
[1] How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
[2] How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

[3] Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
[4] lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

[5] But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
[6] I will sing to the LORD,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.


In Psalm 13, David asks the question HOW LONG?  He is in a place that he feels forgotten by or hidden from God.  Maybe you have been there. Perhaps you are there right now.  Did you know that the question, "how long," is not sinful?  As David asks it, he is painfully acknowledging his desperation for the Lord, who is his hope.  

My hope for you today is that in your life, you may go from the question "how long" to the statement David makes in verses 5 and 6.  

TODAY'S PRAYER
Father, thank you for your steadfast love.  Your salvation demonstrates the great lengths your love has gone to provide for my greatest need.  Now Father, in my waiting, I choose to worship.  You have been good to me in my past, you are sustaining me today, and I trust you with tomorrow.  I love you God. - AMEN


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