JuThe Psalmist’s plea increases with intensity. He begins with “Restore us O God”, “Restore us O God Almighty”, “Restore us O Lord God Almighty”. How often, when praying for something, do our pleas and cries to God become more intense?
The writer does not forget what God promised and what God did in the past. God made a people unto him, and brought them, the “vine”, out of Egypt, which was a massive feat. God provided so that Israel could take root and become a mighty and blessed nation.
But then God allowed his nation to be ripped and torn apart, to crumble, and to have outside nations come in, take, and destroy.
Is it true that “all good things must come to an end”? Life is filled with moments of good. But, like me, do you ever wonder, “how long will this last, before something bad happens?”
Sometimes I wonder if my worry about when the good will end sets me up for disaster. I know, deep down, that God is in control, but, what if? Did my momentary lack of faith hasten the struggles that came about? My cries to God begin to deepen, from “Dear heavenly Father” to “O God, are you there?”, “Lord, do you hear me?”, “Why God, is this happening?”.
As the Psalmist does, I can remember and speak to God of his promises and the amazing, redeeming works he has done. I can recall the good that has taken place and know in faith that God is more concerned about the condition of my heart, and my hope, faith, and trust in Him, than he is about my comfort here on earth.
Thank you, Lord, for hearing my cries when I am full of bitter pain and uncertainty. I know you are always at work!
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalm 78:1-22