Truth Tuesday – How Long Lord?

by Kathy


How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?

How long, will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.

Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death,

and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him”,

and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

Psalm 13: 1-4

I can relate to the rawness of David’s heart cry to God.  I have been there.  I have asked questions of God like – “How long is this trial going to last?”  “How long before you answer this prayer?”   How about you?  Have you asked God “how long?”  Perhaps you asking Him this right now.  So what do we do when the wait is feeling like it is lasting longer than it should?  I believe David shares with us in the next two verses how we are to respond while we wait.

But I trust in your unfailing love;

my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing the Lord’s praise,

 for he has been good to me.

Psalm 13:5-6

When we are discouraged and cry out, “How long Lord?” continue with this:

1  “But I trust in Your unfailing love.”  We are to remind ourselves that God’s love in never ending and unconditional.

2.  “But I will rejoice in all that You have done for me!”  His Son paid the price for all of our sins.  This alone is enough to rest and rejoice in!  But there is infinitely more!

3.  “But I will sing a song of praise to You.”  How can you be discouraged when singing songs about God’s riches and goodness?

None of us are immune from life’s difficulties and heartaches.  There will be times when you might wonder…God, do you care what’s happening to me?  The next time you ask God “how long”, remember to trust Him, count your blessings and sing His praise unending.

One Response to “Truth Tuesday – How Long Lord?”

  1. Laurie S says:

    What a beautiful reminder, Kathy! I love the 10,000 gifts song, it’s been a balm to my soul as we’ve walked through our season of grief and asking “Why?” – it always makes me lift my hands and praise God in both the good times and the bad

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